Friday, April 22, 2011

Claude Monet's home and gardens at Giverny, France

I have been to Giverny in the past., but never in the spring. We arrived by train at 9:30am on a glorious, sunny day. We were among the first to arrive in the gardens when it opened at 10:00am. The house, which is light pink with Kelly green trim was surrounded by bed of tulips, pansies, daffodils and hyacinth. There were spectacular lilacs, cherry and apple trees and of course lavender colored wisteria covering the Japanese bridge.

The color combinations were like paintings themselves. This garden was not designed as a formal French one but as if the flowers were brushstrokes.

Monet's home at Giverny, where he lived for 40 years.

Monet's home from the water garden.

Wisteria on the Japanese bridge.

The Japanese bridge in Monet 's water garden.

Beds of tulips in Monet's garden

All photos by Marie Dauenheimer.

I will be adding to this blog when I get home. I will also be discussing travel to Giverny and tips on sketching in the gardens.

Location:Rue Le Regrattier,Paris,France

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