Monday, July 7, 2014

Soaking it all in...

My good friend and old college roommate Jeff came through town recently on his first trip to Europe.  We explored an abandoned chateau, ate in the small town of Vernon, biked through Paris (and Versailles), and finally said our goodbyes in Montmartre.  It was a quick trip but we made the most of it, as evidenced below.

On an unrelated note, we're packing up to come home this week.  It's bittersweet for sure, but we've been making sure we soak in every last thing we can.  

The Tourelles Castle was built in 1196.  It's still in pretty much perfect condition.  Think about that.

This old mill on the Seine dates back to the 16th century.  Like the rest the bridge it used to be connected to, it was about to fall into the Seine and be lost forever until the city of Vernon stepped in a saved it after WWII.  It has since become the symbol of the city.

An 1883 painting of the house by Monet, which coincidentally now hangs in the New Orleans Museum of Art.

The Notre-Dame of Vernon was dedicated in 1072.

The newly erected "World Peace" monument...

...which was recently shattered.  What irony.

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