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Inspiration: Monet's Gardens

Monet's Garden, Giverny, France Monet's Garden, Giverny, France Monet's Garden, Giverny, France Monet's Garden, Giverny, France Monet's Garden, Giverny, France Monet's Garden, Giverny, France Monet's Garden, Giverny, France Inspiration is a funny thing, and you never know where you're going to find it. We biked 8 miles through Giverny to visit Monet's gardens on Tuesday. For the entire length of the bike path that twisted through the charming country, I entertained visions of the grand gardens and exquisite flowers that would serve as inspiration for my own modest garden. Selfish inspiration, I guess. But when we got there, I was less interested in the specific flowers and plants, and more interested in how it all came together into one magical place. The cottage-style gardens adjacent to the house were packed (it's high tourist season), so we pushed past the bus crowds quickly to be the first to the Japanese water garden. I don't know much about the design of Japanese-style gardens, but my guess is that it has a lot to do with movement, color and light. The first thing I noticed was the vibrant green light in the narrow streams. The green algae and plants when combined with the reflective surface of the water and sun, lit up sections of the stream into a vivid, neon green. As I snapped the photos, I joked with Evan that they looked fake. Next up of course, was the water lily pond. It didn't take long to fixate on the reflections of the flowers, or to recognize just how much those reflections looked like a Monet painting. It was trippy to stare at the lapping water, because the motion seemed to give life to his static paintings. It's been a few days since our visit, and I can't stop thinking about Monet's work. I like to imagine him painting simply to capture and share the transient beauty of the ever-changing garden before it disappeared. Inspirational.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Tiffany –

It was ridiculous. Nothing but sweet little stone cottages with flowers in the windows. I will post some photos later. It was almost unbelievable!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by tiffany

Holy crap, that is sooo gorgeous! Wowza — I bet that bike ride was so worth it!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by chelsea

thank you! always wanted to visit this !

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Lillian Chang

These photos are so dreamy!! I've heard amazing things about this place (that it's a MUST go-to when in Paris!)…these photos confirm that ;)
Thanks for sharing these stunning photos!! :) It'll be on my dream list of places to travel!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Will @ Bright.Bazaar

I agree, you just never know when you're going to find it. What I love about inspiration is when you go through a dry patch and it feels difficult to be inspired, then out of no where, it comes flooding back. Have a lovely weekend, Nichole!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by laura marie

we went there a few years ago and i was absolutely blown away by the house itself and the way it sat right in the middle of the gardens… and the bridge-oh, the bridge!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Fringe

these photos take my breath away…so inspiring. it makes me understand more about the movement Monet captured masterfully in his paintings.

thanks for sharing!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by carina

It really is such a beautiful, peaceful place. If you have time on a future trip, the autumn colours are stunning.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Taylor

relaxing pics… lovely

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Jessica

I've always wanted to go there! thanks for sharing this!

ps. I'm soooo jealous!

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