Situated in central-east France, Lyon is a lively, thriving city of some 500,000 people and amazing scenery along its two rivers, the Saône and Rhône. The third-largest city in France behind Paris and Marseille, the city of Lyon is famous for its gastronomy and numerous sites and monuments that are sure to keep you busy, whether for a weekend or a lifetime.
Upon hearing of Vernon, you might wonder just where this place is. Or maybe you’ve heard of it in-passing, since its train station is a popular stop for tourists on their way to Giverny, located about five kilometers away, for a visit to Monet’s house and gardens as a day trip from Paris. Whichever way you see it, Vernon is a fairly off-the-grid town, often overshadowed, but nevertheless has charm and some places worth checking out.
Around this time last year, I made a visit to Giverny for the day, as means of visiting the famous gardens and house of Claude Monet, a nineteenth-century Impressionist painter who created some of the most beautiful, semi-abstract paintings ever (as I’d like to believe). Plus, it was a great opportunity to see what the region of Normandy had to offer: aside from the gorgeous Étretat on the coast, Giverny has got to be one of the iconic places in Upper Normandy.