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Eileen Hotho


Impression: A Sensory Feast. Upon entering the canopy of greenery, trees and shrubs on a recent morning in late May, I am met by a sensory explosion of colors and fragrances in the Monet Foundation’s Gardens at Giverny. Dewdrops cling to leaves and petals glistening in the morning sunlight. There is the surreal feeling of having climbed inside a Claude Monet oil painting. …


You’ve seen them advertised, those glorious 10-day “circle of Europe” vacations boasting an incredible list of destinations in one trip. I would see the ads and dreamily imagine the amazing Old World sites I would encounter, the castle walls where I might lay my hand to the same craggy spot touched by another soul thousands of years ago. On one such occasion, I decided to …