Chez Monet

Posted on August 15, 2013

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Monet's Garden

Monet's Pond

Flowers on Flowers

In 2006, I traveled with a group of American students all over France. This was my second trip to Europe in one year, and was a major part of developing my ambitions to travel the world as much as possible. One of the places the group went was Giverny, a small village famous because Claude Monet resided there and found inspiration for a vast majority of his paintings.

View from Upstairs in Monet's House

View from Upstairs in Monet’s House

After re-visiting Amsterdam in May of 2013, my parents and I took the fast train to Paris’ Gare du Nord, and after some navigating difficulties, made our way to a different train station and to Vernon, where we stayed in a quiet hotel and enjoyed a fabulous sunset. The next day, we strolled to Giverny, and discovered the tulips were in full bloom.

Tulips on Tulips

Tulips on Tulips

This was a great opportunity to test the “Macro” setting on my iPhone’s Camera+ app. Not perfect, but not bad either.

Yellows

Yellows

Purples

Purples

Reds and Yellows

Reds and Yellows

I was excited to show my mother this place, especially because she has a certain affinity for flowers and gardens. I have since adopted and started hosting house plants in my little Kazakhstani apartment as well, hoping that my mom’s skilled green-thumb might be genetic.

My well-framed wonderful parents

My well-framed wonderful parents

Framed by a branch

Framed by a branch

Irrigation Canal

Irrigation Canal

One of my fondest memories of being there in 2006 was being on the iconic bridge with my good friend Rachel. We waited and waited for a gap in the crowds of tourists to get a shot of us, and just like that, the crowds parted and we got a photo. This time, I was much more lonely, and it took no time at all since there was maybe a quarter of the amount of tourists which would undoubtedly arrive in a month’s time.

Rachel and I in 2006

Rachel and I in June, 2006

Lonelier in May, 2013

Lonelier in May, 2013

A quick stop in the gift shop, and we started to walk back to Vernon for another night in a quiet French village. Along the way, we stopped by the little church in Giverny to see Monet’s final resting place.

Monet's Grave

Monet’s Grave

After, we caught another beautiful sunset on the River Seine, and called it a night in hopes of catching an early train back to Paris for a fun day in another city that vies for the top spot on my list of favorite cities.

Sunset on the River Seine

Sunset on the River Seine

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