But in February, I was bored with cold weather and e-mailed Joan, "what about April in Paris?" And she enthusiastically said YES! So we started planning and six weeks later we were in Giverny, in Normandy, on the fifth of April, to visit Monet's gardens. We'd picked up our little Fiat on arrival at the CDG airport and driven there where there was definitely still a chill in the air.
What you'll encounter here are brief summaries of our travels, selections of our favorite pictures, and links to some of the websites we found most useful as independent travellers planning our own trip. We made our hotel reservations in advance, because we'd be travelling over the Easter Holiday period, very popular for Europeans' travel. Probably we could have found lodgings without reservations at other times, but the places we visited were fully booked, and we were glad for the security of reservations.
Our plane reservations were made through Orbitz; the cheapest car rental was through Thrifty, which at this writing does not have a formal office at the airport but at a Holiday Inn in Roissy nearby. This turned out to be a blessing for escaping from Paris and returning the car at the end of eight days.
We drove the first day to Giverny.