We are departing for France on June 4 for three weeks. The first week we will be in Toulouse; then on June 12, we are flying to Paris, picking up a car and driving to Normandy. We are going to stop at the ruins of Château-Gaillard--the castle built by Richard the Lion-hearted in 1196 and lost to the French by weak King John in 1204--on our way to Giverny , the home of painter Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. We'll be staying there for two nights to explore Monet's house and his gardens.
On the 14th of June, we are going to meander across Normandy (stopping to sight see at the Château de Carrouges and, if we have time, a little village, Domfront, which still has most of its old defensive wall) to Mont-St-Michel. We will spend two nights on Mont-St-Michel.
2. Monet's garden, today
3. Monet in his garden in 1922
4. Château de Carrouges