Choosing a day trip was a challenge – Versailles is the no-brainer, but we had been there. Fontainebleau would have been an excellent choice, but I felt a tug in the direction of Claude Monet’s home in Giverny. We were not disappointed – it was a wonderful experience!
Monet's lovely home in Giverny; our guide, Claudia, is in the lower right side of the frame.
We were hoping we might be allowed to move in...
You’re not allowed to take photos inside the home, but someone sneaked past that rule, so here are photos of the lovely dining room and kitchen from passthepork.wordpress.com:
The dining room - thinking about painting ours bright yellow when we get home!
But, of course, the best of Giverny is the garden. Monet created his from what appears to have been a marshy field, and our guide told us that he took the liberty of diverting a stream in order to make the pond for his water lilies.
The lily pond framed by willows
The CE on the Japanese bridge - Monet was a big collector of Japanese prints, which no doubt influenced his decision to add this bridge.
A garden path: in the spring there is apparently wisteria everywhere, but we were happy with nasturtiums. Gives us a reason to come back!
A Giverny sunflower (Nancy - this is for you!)
Of course, I saved the best for last. There are chickens at Giverny!
Claude was apparently a poultry fan - we saw his painting of turkeys at the Musee d'Orsay today
Monet's "Les Dindons", which is a wonderful-sounding word for turkey!
The photos don’t do it justice, of course – we loved Giverny!
Just don't be thinking about Poulet a la Giverny for dinner tonight!