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.
The countryside in la Tour-en-Jarez, France (September 2017).
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.
Having been born and raised in the United States my entire life, I continue to find it incredible just how little I’ve seen in my own home country, compared to my travels throughout Europe (and parts of Asia). If you were to ask me what there is to see in the U.S., I wouldn’t be able to say much except the big cities (Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., etc.) that every tourist would know about anyway. I would go as far to say that I know more about travel in Europe than my own country!
Medieval village of Rochetaillée, France (August 2017).