27 September 2004

Normandy Rain

This weekend, we had our first trip outside of Paris, and we went on a short tour of Normandy with a strange French tour group. Although it was very akward, it was a good experience, since the guide didn`t speak much English at all. We visited the Monet Museum at Giverny, which one could easily fail to notice. I wasn`t terribly impressed with the house, since there weren`t many of his paintings on display. The gardens, however, were exquisite. Everything was still in bloom, despite the cold. It was very fun to visit the waterlily pond and walk across the famous bridge.

Our trip ended, after visiting a couple little towns, at Mont-St-Michel. I love it. It was cold and rainy and incredibly perfect. We managed to get to the Abbey Church for Mass before they closed the gate (so tourists don`t wander in and out). Mass with the community, despite the tourists who made it past the gate, is amazing.

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