Once there, we started in the gift shop at Pam's request, but quickly went through its door and walked into the enchanted gardens. Roses, peonies, iris, poppies, hollyhocks, clematis...flowers too numerous to mention. We walked up and down rows, stopping frequently to photograph everything that caught our attention.
Even though it was relatively early, there were already a lot of people there. I decided if I ever win the lottery, I'll see how much it would cost to have the garden to myself for a half day.
After taking in all of the flowers, we took two flights of stairs down and under the road, ending up in the water lily garden area. This part was cool, shaded with bamboo and large trees, many with climbing pastel pink roses. The water lilies were actually starting to bloom, something I had not seen before. The bridges made great places to stop and take it all in, which we did.
Following a mandatory gift shop stop, we ambled down the country road, ending up a few meters away at La Musardiere, which is a small hotel and restaurant that was recommended to me by a friend in Dallas (thanks, Kathy!).
We all fell asleep in the van on the way back to Paris (full bellies, tired legs), and we suddenly woke up, to the city's hustle and bustle. Although we were still tired, we decided to explore some of the shops in the neighborhood. Krista bought a cute pair of shoes, and we managed to buy a few other odds and ends such as two baguettes and a block of butter with sea salt, before returning to the hotel.
Dinner tonight was at a small Italian restaurant. Afterwards, Jeanie and KC headed for the Eiffel Tower. Elaine, Krista and I decided to wait, since we have a champagne tasting cruise booked for tomorrow night, which starts nearby. We lingered over wine, and then walked around the neighborhood. There's always something new to see here. This time of year, the beautiful old apartment buildings have flower boxes under their windows, most sporting bright red or pink geraniums.
Off to bed for us. Tomorrow is Cultural Day, starting with the Musee d'Orsay!