Wednesday, September 28, 2011

me in monet's garden

The big site in Giverny is, of course, Monet's Garden. We (Pocket Pacy and I) went first thing in the morning:


I particularly was excited about going because I loved  the book Linnea in Monet's Garden. It's an absolutely wonderful book that brings to life impressionism more than my art history books...I remembered the details from this book much more than the details from my Gardener's Art Through the Ages.  But that might be saying more about me than the book...

I brought this book with me to the garden!
So seeing the pink house, the sunflowers and the garden in real life was incredibly enchanting! I hadn't realized how large the house or the gardens really were.

I had always thought Monet's pink house was a small cottage...it was not!

the garden was quite expansive, rows and rows of blooming flowers

Linnea in Monet's Garden come to life!

But my favorite part was going to the water lilies! After seeing so many of Monet's water lily paintings it was magical to go where he actually painted them, the scene that inspired his masterpieces:



I tried to draw it myself with an impressionistic flair:


It was such an enchanting place. I didn't want to leave. So, I decided to leave a Pocket Pacy here in my stead:




Maybe she will be a part of someone else's impression of Monet's Garden!

5 comments:

Stella said...

I was there recently myself - the week before last. it was lovely (but crowded). Nice photos.

Jan J. said...

Well I'm officially jealous! My daughter loved that Linnea in Monet's Garden book - I had to read it to her every night and I didn't mind as I have always loved Monet. I loved the photo of the book matching the real thing! Really beautiful place! I have a feeling you will come home with new books inspired in your creative brain!

Victoria Lindstrom said...

Grace - Prior to today's post I was sincerely happy for you - now I'm jealous! :) My husband is an artist and I'm part French; Giverny is our most desired spot to visit. Thanks for the wonderful photos, and for taking the time to share your visit to France with your fans!

Grace Lin said...

Aww, don't be jealous! Just go yourself, believe me it's worth the trip! I highly suggest staying in Giverny at least the night before (I completely rec'd Maison Baudy!) and get to the gardens EARLY, as soon as it opens. The garden does get crowded really fast, but when you're there first thing you get a good half hour without a lot of people.

delightfulchildrensbooks.com said...

This has been a dream trip of mine since I was a child. I loved and still love Linnea in Monet's Garden.