The Sights and Sounds of Claude Monet’s Giverny

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!  It has been a very busy and productive year for us and we hope it has been for all of you as well.  We wanted to share this piece on Giverny for the holidays since the photographs and video are so beautiful and a celebration of the Impressionistic artist, Claude Monet.  Mr. B wrote this piece on our visit to Giverny last April.  As a photographer, the gardens and Monet’s home were a delight to photograph.  Giverny is spectacular, especially in the spring when everything is in bloom, and the gardens and pond looked just like one of his paintings.  If you have never visited Giverny, I hope this is inspiration to travel there soon.  Please be sure to watch the video to hear the melodic sounds of the garden and pond to experience it as we did the day we visited.

On the way to Giverny on the AmaLegro

On the way to Giverny on board the AmaLegro

It was about this time last year that we decided to spend Springtime in Paris and Normandy.  What could possibly be better than to stroll the Champs-Élysées, visit the top of the Eiffel Tower at night to see the twinkling lights of Paris below, or to shop the magnificent Galeries Lafeyette just as Springtime arrives in Paris?  Springtime is also the perfect time of year to visit the charming seaside towns, lush green countryside, and spectacular beaches of Normandy.  The flowers are in bloom and the scenery is reminiscent of an artist’s painting.

Monet's home

Monet’s home

The azaleas were also in bloom

The azaleas were in full bloom

We have taken many trips to Paris and the South of France. This year we wanted to explore Northern France. We chose to take a river cruise from Paris to Normandy along the Seine River with AMAWaterways on board their luxury river ship, the AmaLegro. This trip was to fulfill a bucket list item of visiting the Normandy Beaches. You can read about our visit to some of the towns in Normandy here and to the American Cemetery and battlegrounds in this article.

Argenteuil - One of Monet's landscape painting

* Argenteuil – One of Monet’s landscape painting

The grass was a lush green

The grass in the gardens was a gorgeous shade of green

* Be sure to watch the above video in High Definition.  You can adjust the settings to 1080p on the wheel to the right.

Beyond the historic beaches of Normandy lies a magnificent countryside that is distinctive in its climate and cuisine. Similar to New England on the East Coast of the United States, Northern France doesn’t have the warm Mediterranean climate that we often associate with France, but it does possess something that makes Northern France enchanting. The light.

The bridge photo is a perfect example of the lighting

The bridge photo is a perfect example of the lighting

* Monet's painting of the bridge

* Monet’s painting of the bridge

Another view of the light on the pond

Another view of the light on the pond

Another perfect example of the light at Giverny

Another perfect example of the light at Giverny

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