Monday Moods: I feel... blurry.




As I mentioned on Saturday,
we went to Normandy this weekend.

The first stop on our trip was Claude Monet's house in Giverny.

We were rushed to catch the next train,
so we only had one hour there.

It really should be at least three...
but it was sunny, our guide was amazing
& it lived up to all I had thought it would be,

As we rushed around the estate
from the famous water garden...

{where I could happily spend hours 
sitting by the water garden
being bored & picking petals off the tiny flowers}






On through through the main garden
in front of his colorful house,
I was absolutely giddy.





When I was four or five, 
I became a bit obsessed with Monet's Water Lilies.

In my delusional mind, it felt like they were made especially for my enjoyment.

My parents bought me a replica (obviously) 
and hung it on the wall across from my bath tub.

This silent presence during my bath time
ultimately resulted in countless attempts 
of me trying to float like one of  Monet's lilies
on top of the water of my bath tub.

I never could stay a float for more than a few seconds
and it always left me wishing that I had stem 
that could, to my young self, given me the support needed
 to allow me to rest above the water.

As we sat on the train that chugged us deeper towards the French coast,
I couldn't help but find our moment in Giverny 
to be anything short of a beautiful, albeit blurry, place.

Just like Monet painted it.

***

If you want to visit Monet's house in Giverny...

Take a train from Paris St. Lazare to Vernon, it's approximately 50 minutes.
Take the bus outside the station. It will drive you to Monet's house for €4 round trip, per person.
If you would like to prebook a guide, I recommend Ariane. She is lovely.
The gardens close during winter on November 1, but reopen April 1.
Give yourself 2.5 hours to walk the property.

Posted on April 9, 2012 and filed under "France", "French Day Trips", "Normandy", "art".