Of all the gorgeous things I saw at Clos Normand, Claude Monet’s house in Giverny, his water lily pond was perhaps my favorite.  Surrounded by bamboo thickets and weeping willow trees, the serene pond is flanked by Monet’s old, green rowboat at one end and the Japanese foot bridge at the other. What do you […]

Legend has it that Claude Monet noticed the small village of Giverny while looking out of a train window.  It must have been love at first sight, because he quickly moved there and rented a house nearby.  By 1890 he had enough money to buy the famous pink crushed brick house with green shutters and […]

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Like the Louvre in Paris, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and British Museum in London, Claude Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny was something I had a chance to visit as a child during the years we lived in Europe.  However, it’s been quite a few years since then and I really wanted to go back and experience […]

I took a ridiculous number of pictures of window boxes in France.  I couldn’t help myself.  They are simply beautiful with their red geraniums and functional shutters.  I guess this one doesn’t really have shutters, but it still begged to have its picture taken, and I didn’t want to disappoint. You Might Also Enjoy: Cergy: […]