Sunday, November 21, 2010

Monet's Garden at Giverny

Counting My Blessings

          As we approach Thanksgiving I am so aware of all God's blessings. This post shows another aspect of our anniversary trip for which I am very grateful.

Claude Monet's home in Giverny. After viewing a documentary about the Impressionists (available from Netflix) actually visiting his home made a lasting impression on me. Many  of his paintings were displayed and the furnishings left me wishing to have more time there.                                                              

You can see the dining room curtains in this photo. The dining room and kitchen were my favorite rooms and I was disappointed they did not allow photos made inside the home. Pressed for space in our suitcase and weight limitations I did not purchase a book about the house from the bookstore and now wish I had photos of the rooms to share. The kitchen and dining rooms were so striking decorated in yellow and  blue. The kitchen was incredible! Blue and white tiles went to the ceiling and were breathtaking. I do not know this to be true but with Monet being an artist I am guessing he had something to do with the design of those pretty tiles. A rack of copper pots and pans took up an entire wall and I also noticed an authentic farm sink. 

Views of the garden.

I understand the gardens are always flowering with something and are most colorful May through July. Our visit was in September and I was not disappointed. It was beautiful. Colorful iron arches carry your eye down a long allee that is striking. You only can see a portion of one of the arches here.

 It was suggested in the Rick Steve's travel guide to view Monet's water lilies (Les Nympheas) at the L'Orangerie museum to heighten your appreciation of Monet's Home    
and Garden tour. The six foot canvases were incredible.

View anticipating the water lilies and the famous Japanese Bridge.

Being a lover of flowers I was surprised at myself that as I enjoyed looking at the gardens I kept thinking. Where are the water lilies and the bridge?  My only regret is that we did not ask someone to make a picture of us as a couple. 

It would be exciting to see Monet's Garden each season of the year!

Rhoda, at Southern Hospitality,  is sponsoring a wonderful giveaway for a zoom lens, the Tamron AF 18-270. Check out her giveaway here. Rhoda has been encouraging and helpful to me. Thanks, Rhoda.

I want to thank Delores, at Vignette Design for her technology help. Her blog is lovely and so is she

I am linking to: A Southern Daydreamer, for Outdoor Wednesday.


Thank you for your encouraging comments. They make my day!


  1. O my goodness! this post.O how I would love to have been there...I can see what inspired Monet....BEEEEEAUTIFUL!
    You all are so blessed and have made such lovely memories.

  2. Oh Bonnie, I love these photos! I have been to Giverney twice and may go in the fall with my girlfriends. Isn't it magical there? So glad you got to see Monet's garden in all it's glory.

  3. Beautiful! I remember seeing photos of the kitchen..I agree...wonderful. Limoge made a "Monet" porcelain that was the same blue and yellow. We really considered it when we were choosing our china. So bright and cheery. Thank you for the tour and Happy Valentine's Day! Trish

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