Even though I was thrilled about going to Giverny, I got too busy to plan the details of this part of the trip. So the Sasquatch took over the planning, booking our lodging. I didn't really know what to expect.
But after a brief search (the place was a bit challenging to find) I found that he had reserved the amazing Le Maison Baudy for us:
|The Sasquatch looking deservedly proud of the completely awesome place he found for us!|
There was no inn in Giverny, but she transformed her husband's small shop into a hotel. This was quickly filled to capacity and she began to rent out her house as well (only to a privileged few to whom she began to know). This house has stayed in the Baudy family and now we were staying in it too!
|the plaque on the outside of the house that explained its history|
|the inside was all modern and amazing, I wanted to live there forever!|
|it was separated from the main house by a steps and black dog|
The original house still has some of its original decor:
|the bright blue trim was very common in Giverny, Monet-inspired!|
This photo shows the original Madame Baudy with a tableful of guests. Paintings on the wall are paintings given to her by the artists when they could not afford to pay for their rooms:
There were also photos that artists used as photo reference, posed model photos. I was actually kind of surprised that the impressionist used photo reference--I just assumed they all painted from life. This makes me feel a bit better about my own
But I can see why the artists came to Giverny. It was beautiful. The lush landscape and the silver light was breathtaking.
|our "backyard" in the morning|
I wish I had thought to draw the cottage in that light. Instead I drew it in normal daylight. It looked like:
Le Maison Baudy
3 chemin Blanche Hoschedé Monet