Our cruise director took us into the town of Vernon. This was a precursor to the afternoon Giverny gardens tour. This area was first built in the 11th century using Gothic style architecture.
Nearby is the Church Collégiale Notre-Dame de Vernon. This was built between the 11th and 16th centuries with gothic style rose and stained-glass windows. Some of the windows were replaced after the World War II bombing raids.
As we made our way around the eastern edge of town we saw the impressive Tour des Archives. This is a round tower built in the 12th century. It was interesting to me that there are people living in these 16th century buildings.
We went window shopping and ogled the amazing desserts and food displayed. It quickly reminded me how passionate the French are about food quality and preparation.
Since I was intent on eating local food, we stopped at one of the bakeries – Boulangerie Rose. I selected a baguette filled with ham, cheese, lettuce and tomato. My wife chose a ham and gruyere panini. Of course, I had to get some fresh croissants!
We brought our goodies to the ship’s dining room and enjoyed them with a glass of chardonnay. Fortunately, the staff wasn’t offended that we brought food from the outside into their dining room. In fact, he commented that the bread baked on-board is delicious, but he really likes fresh baguettes from the local bakers.