The breathtaking Normandy

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If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Paris, Normandy is the perfect spot to go for a breath of fresh air. Most Parisians flock to the south of France where the beaches are warmer, so it’s less crowded everywhere else. We rented a manual car (at just €25/day) with the hope that I’d learn to drive stick shift on this trip. Reality: I “drove” about 20m from one parking spot to another and called it quits. Thanks Ty for driving the rest of the way, ha!

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Monet’s Gardens in Giverny

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Ahh, Giverny. As I mention in the video below, I’ve wanted to visit the place of Monet’s inspiration for quite some time. It has been #1 on my travel bucket list. Even though it’s only a 50-minute train ride from Paris, you really have to reserve the entire day to see the beautiful gardens and tour his home.

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