Monday, May 9, 2011
Lacey in Monet's Garden
When I was little, I used to love a book called Linnea in Monet's Garden. It is a story about a little girl who visits the home and garden of Claude Monet in Giverny, France, and learns about the artist's paintings and his life. Monet has always been one of my favorite artists and it has been a lifelong dream to visit the gardens that inspired his amazing work. While we were in France, that dream came true.
Monet lived in Giverny from 1883 until his death in 1926. He considered the garden his greatest masterpiece. The grounds are completely enchanting. It is such a special place. The colors and reflections in the pond look just like Monet's paintings. I was surprised at the sheer size of the grounds and volume vegetation in the landscape. Every square inch is covered in beautiful flowers, trees, plants, and ponds.
"But what about the garden, how do we get there?"
"First, we'd have to get to Paris" said Mr. Bloom.
"Oh!" I said. "That's a long way away."
"It is a long way" said Mr. Bloom, "but its not impossible."
- Linnea in Monet's Garden