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August 4, 2008

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Vernon, France

dscn0777Today is a down day at the oh so relaxing and quiet Champ du Renard B&B.  I awoke to the rooster at 5:00, then 5:20, 5:50, etc.  It was like I kept hitting the snooze button and couldn’t find the off button.  I slept in a little and had a wonderful breakfast with the other two guests, a retired couple from the south of France.  I walked around the property a little and went into the town of Vernon to do laundry.  Vernon’s not a small town, so finding a laundromat wasn’t easy.  I stopped at a store and walked in and asked the lady if she spoke English and the answer was no.  So, I launched into my question in French that I had rehearsed.

I don’t remember how to spell it exactly, but it sounds like this – eel ya ewn la-va-rheh oto-ma-teek preh-see-dee?  It came out perfectly, I was quite proud and the shop lady gave me a smile of approval.  Big problem though, she answered me en Francais.  All I heard was blah, blah, blah,…  How do you say Doh! in French?

dscn0791After asking her to ray-pay-tay slowly, she tried again and took it upon herself to use hand gestures; I got the gist of the directions.  I hopped back in the car and drove straight there, I was amazed.  So, I did my one load of laundry and it was back to the Champ du Renard – I like saying Champ du Renard.

Not much else to do but laze by the garden and read a little.  After a bit of that it was time for my afternoon nap.  It was on my list of things to do today and so…. Got up about 4:00 and drove to Rouen, but it was a much bigger city than I anticipated.  It was too much like Paris and I wasn’t ready for that, so I went back to the Champ du Renard.  I drove the back roads to Rouen in about 1.5 hours and drove the super fast freeway back in about 40 minutes and called it a night.

Tomorrow, I visit Claude Monet‘s house and gardens which is in Giverny (zhee-ver-nee) and then drive to Brugge in België.


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