As is fairly obvious by the weather and blooming flowers, this post is not being done contemporaneously with our travels, with good reason. We’re offering this as a bit of a prelude to a very exciting event going on in Denver. Since October, the Denver Art Museum has been hosting the largest and most extensive Claude Monet exhibit in decades. And while we’re very excited to share the ins and outs of the exhibit with you, we thought sharing Giverny – Monet’s home and the subject of many of his famous works – would be a fun introduction.
Anyone who has been to Giverny once knows it’s a place worthy of a return trip. And one of us happens to fall into that category, as Margaret can’t seem to get enough of the place. So, consider this a compilation of multiple visits, including a birthday trip for Margaret’s dad that coincided with the most amount of time we’ve used FaceTime…ever (family photos included).
In comparison to French chateaus, Monet selected a fairly modest blush and peach home with green shutters. The house is open to tourists, and it’s absolutely worth a visit, but the real gem is the gardens.
Painstakingly designed and maintained with that perfect French controlled messiness.
We’re well on our way to rebranding into “our” dream blog, lovingly known as “Margaret Takes Pictures of Flowers.”
Can you blame us?!? They make the most lovely subject.
And never take a bad photo. Wish we could say that about ourselves…which brings us to some family photos, starting with number 1, also known as my brother is SO over family photos.
My favorite of the family photos as, in fact, my brother is not an emotionless member of the secret service, but rather a very fun loving and engaging guy. Maybe he just needed a sucker too!
Fully enjoying himself, although feeling a bit cramped, is the birthday guy. Traveling in his trusty navy blazer that has been on every family trip since he was a tot, and carrying a bag of goodies that undoubtedly contains my mom’s favorite gift shop purchase – hand towels. There is something so comforting about traditions, don’t you think?
Tangent over. Back to the all important subject of this heavenly place.
The gardens above are right behind the house. Walk a little farther back
To discover the real money shots.
Which is only a small play on words…considering this area of the property was the inspiration for many of the homeowner’s most priceless works.
The famed water lilies.
Captured from a multitude of different angles.
And, of course, the all important pathways across and around. Bonus points if you can spot the Japanese bridge in this one.
It doesn’t take long to fall in love with this place. Which we presume is how the owner would have wanted it.
“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”
~ Claude Monet