Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, November 19, 2010

Monsieur Monet's Pink House...

Nothing pleases me more than to stroll around
Monet's beautiful rambling home & garden
at "Giverny" in Normandy.
Monet referred to this as
~ His greatest masterpiece ~

~ Self Portrait 26 years ~

image by Auriane Cauderlier

This large dining room is my favourite room
awash with the
prettiest buttery yellow
(don't you just love the chairs)
ornate Roccoco china cabinets
accented with pretty blue & white china
and the end wall decorated with
exquisite Japanese art works.

Through the door at the back you can see
into the blue & white kitchen
with every style and size of copper pot.
The guide told us that Monsieur Monet
loved his food !!

~ pretty little vignette ~
looking out
onto the beautiful garden,
ablaze with the colours of summer.

~ flowers were his brushstrokes ~
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Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Thanks for the tour, I would like to go there sometime. He was such a great artist. Diane

TK said...

I want to transport that dining room back to my house...DIVINE!!!!

"All things French" said...

TK:- Oh yes!! You would be very comfortable ~ but please remember to invite me to Dinner. xx

Kathy said...

oh I've been there ... isn't it wonderful! It was just as I imagined it to be! I loved the yellow kitchen best of all.
Love Kathy xxx
P.S. I love your blog, because I too love all things french! I've been reading for a short time, but just had to comment today!

"All things French" said...

Kathy:- So glad you took the time to comment I really appreciate that. Isn't the yellow colour so... gorgeous !
Dianne xx

Anonymous said...

Ohhh Dianne I cannot wait to go out and see his house and grounds! This is definitely a must when your here! Thank you so much for this post as I am anxious to get out there!
Have a wonderful weekend!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Love this. I have the cookbook for Giverny. That yellow dining room is so cheery.

I've read Monet had a lot of guests when he lived there. Could account for the size of the dining room.

Shell Sherree said...

The red and white chequerboard floor is wonderful there. What a lovely experience, Dianne.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Oh, I am going to have to visit Giverny on my next warm-weather visit. I have been to most of the museums with his works in Paris and have Monet books, but I think it is time to go back to his beginnings... Giverny.

Love that bright yellow which is coincidentally just the shade of yellow (with whimsy) that I posted today... hah!

Bon weekend, mon amie!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

What a stunning place. No wonder he needed to replicate beautiful images.

La Table De Nana said...

Oh lucky you..How beautiful..I do love the DNR and the peek into the copper kitchen!La Maison Rose~So pretty..
Thank you.

Cezar and Léia said...

Thanks so much for sharing these lovely pictures, for taking us with you there, it's wonderful!I hope to have the opportunity to visit this adorable place ( as I love Monet so much!) someday!
Have a nice weekend,

Deja Pseu said...

Your pictures are lovely. Monet's house and gardens at Giverny was one of the high points of our first trip to France. I'd go back again.

Anonymous said...

There is an excellent restaurant called L'Auberge du Prieuré Normand.
The Chef is Philippe Robert. In the village of Gasny.The next village from Giverny.

Kellie Collis said...

That dining room is just awesome! I can see that the table can be expanded to 16 seats. I wish you could show us the blue kitchen - Pretty sure it's gorgeous! Have a beautiful weekend, Kellie xx

"All things French" said...

Ian:- Thanks for the recommendation to that restaurant - What a treat that would be ~ lunch at "L'Auberge du Prieure Normand" then over to Monet's beautiful garden !!

✿ Hélène Flont ✿ said...

I visit Monet's garden every summer especially for the roses( I live not far from Giverny) there are always new arrangements of flowers and colors ,the Gardeners are working with so much talent to retain the spirit of Monet. And the house (and studio) is so beautiful!!!

Chaleureusement votre !!
✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Such a colorful, happy home. Oh! to have been there when Monet was in residence...fabulous. xo Lidy

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Dianne,

What a wonderful home and garden Monet had, and thanks for sharing the lovely photos. I love the beautiful dinning room and how much fun it would be to sit down here for a meal.
We never did get there, but it will certainly be on my list next time.

Hope that you are having a lovely weekend

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

How beautiful! I do love that dining room with all of the cheerful yellow. I've never been there but was happy to have seen some of his paintings at the Chicago Art Institute recently ;)

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Greetings to you Diann - Monet's home makes one realize how he would of gotten his inspiration. Truly a home of great beauty and comfort. I would never want to leave. I hope some day to tour his home; would be such a thrill. I hope you enjoy your weekend.

All my best to you x

Carla said...

I went to Monet's garden this year with my mum. it was beautiful so many flowers and the house was lovely. Thanks for the memory jolt. Carla

c'est Jeff ici said...

My visit to Monet's house was a real adventure. We took the train from paris to save a few bucks and walked to his house. It was much farther than I expected and we ended up hitch hiking. A van of guys from Ireland picked us up. They had a running card game going in the van and I'm sure if they even went into the house. I loved having seen the house and grounds and it has given me a much greater appreciation and connection to his work. Now when I sit in the Marmotan Museum in Paris I have a real sense of connection with Monet.

"All things French" said...

c'est jeff ici:-
I've never visited the Marmottan Museum but must do that next trip. I loved the Musee D'Orsay and could have spent days there.

A Tale of Two Cities said...

I remember my visit to Giverny and how enchanting it was. It's one of those places that I have on my list to "revisit" when I can. Thanks for the road trip today!


Neil and Susan Brown said...

What a lovely visit. Thanks for the tour. I am starting to love everything that is French! :)

Rosalie said...

As so many others have said I looove France. I read Monet's letters to his wife a while ago though and while he painted in the south of France she and all the children, hers and theirs, went shoeless and hungry. The house and gardens were absolutely magical though - and complete with their own boatman. p.s. I am now reading "A town like Paris" and enjoying that. Beam me over Scotty.

"All things French" said...

Rosalie:- I would love to read Monet's letters to his wife - hopefully can find that book in our library!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Dianne
Oh thank you for taking me to Monet's garden!

On all my trips to France - i've not quite got there.
But next time it's going tohappen even if I go on my own!!
The extra tips mentioned in the comments have been noted too!
Thank you
Shane x

"All things French" said...

Shane:- you will love it there ~ the bus trip out there is also lovely.

Georgianna said...

I've also never been (yet!), Dianne. Thank you so much for this – I've never seen photos of the inside of the house so it's an extra treat! – g

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

Thank you for showing me Monet's beautiful home. What a dining room, a country style but oh so grand.


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