Sunday, May 11, 2014

Kiss a lot of frogs

Americans often call the French people "frogs," probably because of the alliteration, and perhaps because of French cooking that can make anything a gourmet treat. But on a visit to France last week I found another reason to associate frogs with France.

My favorite stop on my tour was Giverny, a garden built by artist Claude Monet and used as the backdrop for his famous paintings. The flowers were fantastic and the lily pond beautiful, even though the water lilies weren't in bloom yet.

The place was packed with visitors. All of a sudden a frog croaked. Another responded. Pretty soon there was a cacophony of frogs singing. At least one must have been an enchanted prince, but which one?

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