For quite some time, I’ve been dreaming about my next trip to France. Paris, of course, but I also want to see Normandy. Among other sites, Mont Saint-Michel has been beckoning for years. And high on my list is a trip to Giverny — Claude Monet’s home and gardens. I would love to see it in all seasons, but for my first visit, I want to experience it in the springtime. Giverny is what happens when you give yourself completely, and passionately, to something you love.
Quotes from Monet’s letters:
“My garden is a slow work, pursued with love and I do not deny that I am proud of it. Forty years ago, when I established myself here, there was nothing but a farmhouse and a poor orchard…I bought the house and little by little I enlarged and organized it…I dug, planted, weeded myself; in the evenings the children watered.” – Claude Monet
“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” – Claude Monet
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.” – Claude Monet
“People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.” – Claude Monet
“I work at my garden all the time and with love. What I need most are flowers, always, and always.” – Claude Monet
“I want to paint the way a bird sings.” – Claude Monet
“My heart is forever in Giverny.” – Claude Monet
6 thoughts on “Giverny — Life as a work of art”
YOU WILL BE BLOWN AWAY. I visited Monet’s home and garden’s in the fall and missed the spring color, but it was still impressive. Normandy is a very special place. I know YOU will treasure your next trip.
Thank you, Donna. How wonderful that you visited Normandy and saw Giverny. It must have been beautiful.
I would love to see it also. That is going on my bucket list. I love flowers they make me so happy. I love all the beautiful pictures you always post Linda.
Hi Karina – I feel the same way about flowers and gardens. So glad you enjoy the pictures. Thanks.
Your blog is just beautiful Linda!
Hi Kathie – Thank you so much!