our living room

Travel Adam from Invisible Paris seeks out the scene of Claude Monet's painting Les Coquelicots à Argenteuil which we also have on the wall of our living room:
"Walking through Argenteuil today, there is an immediate sensation that something is not quite right. It is an ancient site, which has been inhabited for thousands of years. The river Seine still flows powerfully past the town, but it is cut away from the centre by a very busy four lane road. It has become literally impossible to walk down to and alongside the river. Running adjacent to the river are the historical arteries of the town, ancient roads with low stacked buildings and houses, many still fulfilling a commercial role that has been theirs for generations."
Of course the architectural features that Adam describes as banal are still somewhat more interesting that what you find in the average British town.

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