Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monsieur Monet's Kitchen.....

There's no shortage of space in the big blue kitchen at Giverny
Every window looks out onto the beautiful garden
where Claude Monet spent most of his days
either painting or gardening.
The black cat is a very pampered puss
(note the blue collar to match the kitchen decor)
Interestingly in many of the photographs of Claude taken in this garden
there is a black cat
I'm wondering if this is the grand-son cat??
or as the French would say
le petit-fils chat

images by Ariane Cauderlier

No shortage of pots and pans in this kitchen!!
and notice that huge wood oven
lots of space to bake for the large Monet family.
The meals were eaten in the lovely
 buttery yellow dining room right next door
(click here to check it out
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Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I love those blue curtains and the blue themed kitchen.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Fantastic photos, I wonder if the cat really is a descendant. Diane

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

I'm embarrassed to admit that in all my trips to France, I've yet to visit Giverney.
Maybe because my daughter lives there, we are always doing family things.
It's been on my list forever, so next time I'm not leaving without seeing it!!
Thank you Dianne for reminding me

Shell Sherree said...

I'd like to imagine he's the grandson cat, Dianne. That's a lovely notion!

talesfromagarden said...

I have had the pleasure of being at Giverny and in this kitchen too,exquisite!Thanks for the memories!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I have Monet's cookbook. His home and kitchen are fabulous aren't they. He must have really liked blue and yellow. I would love to visit Giverny one day. I know Monet enjoyed entertaining and often had a lot of company.

Interesting that the cat's color matches the kitchen decor.

Cezar and Léia said...

Adorable, I would love visit there someday!
The curtain is very sweet and delicate!

La Table De Nana said...

i would dearly love to visit one day!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

That first photo is priceless and looks like a painting with le chat noir sitting so nicely (and color coordinated) outside the window...

I need to schedule a trip there while in Paris next.


Passione Helena said...

I love the beautiful curtains! Great photo with the cat on the windowsill.
It reminds me of my childhood ..
My mother had dezelde curtains, but in a different color.
What a special cuisine, with such a very large stove.

Greetings, Helena

Delana said...

Giverny is so beautiful. I was there in early May and it was a riot of color. I can't even imagine what it must be like in July or August.

Elizabeth said...

His kitchen inspired me to do mine in blue and yellow too.

Arija said...

Thanks, been there a number of time.

diane b said...

Very conducive for painting pictures.

Georgianna said...

What an amazing kitchen, Dianne! I would just stare at the tiling instead of cooking. Love that stove, too. Thank you so much for sharing this. – g

Virginia said...

I must get here one day. My granddaughter Eva so wants to see it as well. Her art teacher read "Linnea in Monet's Garden" and not she's a fan.

BTW, that chat noir with the blue collar is the spitting image of my sweet Meeps who also wears bleu! :)

Nathalie said...

Ah oui, j'adore cette cuisine bleue - et aussi la salle à manger jaune de Monet !

Trotter said...

Looks wonderful!!

Eaton Bennett said...

Delightful shades of blue! :)


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