Ten on Tuesday: The Preachy Edition
A Tale of Two Sisters

Inspiration, Pure and Simple

When my sister and I first started planning our trip to Paris, it took us a while to find dates that would fit both of our schedules.  We needed to plan around. . . work commitments; Easter; graduation; kid-moving; our husbands' travel and work commitments; avoiding spring break travelers; etc. 

When we finally set the dates, we had no idea we would be traveling into the peak of spring blooms!

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Bonus!

Yes, we left the bleak, spring landscapes of Michigan. . . and Wyoming. . . and landed in . . . this!

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We spent one delightful afternoon visiting Claude Monet's gardens and home at Giverny, in Vernon - about an hour's drive from Paris.

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For me (and I think for my sister as well), this was the highlight of our trip.

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As a gardener, the visit was incredible!

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Seeing the mix of blooms, the colors, the structure of Monet's gardens was just . . . well, indescribable. 

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The gardens were reconstructed, lovingly, beginning in 1976.  Ten gardeners are constantly at work in the gardens (I saw some of them. . .), striving to keep the garden fresh and looking as much as possible like the one Monet knew.

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As a photographer, all I can say is . . . WOW! 

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There was just . . . so much. . . to capture. 

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So. Much.

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(I took 450 photos at Giverny alone!)

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And, of course, there was the art.  We visited the Musée de l'Orangerie the day before our visit to Giverny.  The Musée de l'Orangerie is home to Monet's crowning work - Nymphéas, or the water lily series.  My poor, lame photograph can't even begin to bring these large-scale panoramic works to justice. . .

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but our trip to l'Orangerie was the perfect prelude to Giverny.  (We followed up with the Musée d'Orsay, which was also fabulous.  If you like Impressionist work, don't miss either of these museums.)

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We loved seeing Monet's gardens, his home, his studio.  It was fabulous.  Some of my photos even captured what my sister and I called "Monet water" -- the little ripples and shadows so characteristic in his painting.

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The house was charming - and perfect in every way.

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Gardening.  Photography.  Art.  Inspiration -- pure and simple!

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Rachel

So very beautiful! It's been too long since I have been there,,, must do something about that! :)

Thank you for sharing.

Patty

Spectacular! Someday...Have you ever been to the Biltmore in NC? Spectacular gardens there, not quite like Monet though!

margene

I knew it was Giverny the minute I saw the first picture. You have no idea how close to tears you've brought me with the photos. They are glorious, Kym! Years ago I went to Chicago just to see Monet's Waterlily Exhibition. It was beyond amazing. How wonderful you have such a grand experience there.

Vicki

Oh, what a fantastic thing to see and experience -- and remember and have and share with your sister, always! We were so very pleased to have a taste of spring in the UK. It made the return to the seemingly spring-resistant midwest sort of hard... (It's going to be really nice here tomorrow, which means maybe Saturday for you? Fingers crossed for more.)

Marilyn

Thank you for the journey to see Monet's world! Perfect.

Cookie

So beautiful!

Sara

Beautiful photos...I am so happy that you are able to visit Paris...

kmkat

Sigh. So beautiful.

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