Friday, October 5, 2012

Monet's Garden



Good morning!

I'm a little bit late with my post this morning, so I will just jump right in...





I am switching gears from my first week in France, in Provence with my husband, to my second week, which was in the Normandy area with my dear friend Jeanne.  I know, I'm crazy lucky, incredibly blessed, and, trust me, extremely grateful that I get to go on trips like these!!




The weather while in Normandy was considerably cooler than it was the week before in Provence...mid-60's most of the week...and it was misting out {and sometimes downright raining} the day we headed to Giverny.  However, despite the weather, Monet's home and gardens remain one of the absolute highlights of my trip!

And having Jeanne as my travel partner was just about as good as it could possibly get!  Can I just say that I laughed more in that week with Jeanne than I have in the last 10 years combined!!!  Seriously, she is just so darn fun to be with :)  And when you travel with someone like that, any little thing that goes wrong {oh the stories!} just don't matter...everything made us laugh and we ALWAYS had a good time!


Despite the rainy, dreary day, and thanks to the fact that I took most of my images for HDR processing, I was able to get a few good shots of this gorgeous place...and the rain actually helped to keep the crowds at bay while we were in this little slice of heaven...






I was a wee bit obsessed with these spectacular flowers...



Have a wonderful weekend ~

Tracey








35 comments:

Morning T said...

Wow Tracey~ some of your best photos yet, just gorgeous! Love that pic of you two chic ladies.
Happy Friday.
xo~
T

Yelle said...

Gorgeous boots and a gorgeous place!

Geli said...

Hello Tracy! I love your photos and I love Monets garden and the photo with the two beautiful lucky ladies! Have a nice weekend!

alnik said...

Красота! Просто Моне!!!

Fleaing France & French Shopping said...

I am so happy that you enjoyed your time in France. There is so much beauty in this country that is at times, hard to believe. Beautiful photos and good company....perfect!
Simone

PURA VIDA said...

Is it not enchanting and entrancing? Love love love the photos!

*Chic Provence* said...

Bonjour Tracy, what a wonderful journey! your photos of the garden are eerily evocative of the master's himself! great luck with a bit of rain keeping others away...

Enjoy the rest of your trip!

a bientôt

Kit

Sherri said...

Tracy all you photos are beautiful! I especially love the dahlias!! Very pretty!

Shabbyfufu said...

I was there with a blog friend in May & did a post back then. Weather was not so great as often the case...but amazing to be in the history of his beloved home and gardens. Lovely dahlias!

Alice said...

Lucky you! I can only dream of going there. Your photos are fabulous!!!!!

Lorrie Orr said...

Gorgeous photos. I so long to go to Giverny on our next jaunt to France. I hope it won't be too far away.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Beautiful photos--love those Dahlias!

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

What a gorgeous place! I love seeing your beautiful photos. It looks like you and Jeanne had the most wonderful time. Looking forward to more photos!

~Shanon

Jeanne said...

I loved that day and all the beauty that was everywhere! I know we are so blessed by such an amazing friendship and so much laughter. I don't take that for granted! The stories.....sooooo true! Love you!

Blondie's Journal said...

I've only dreamed of going here...your photos have captured it all beautifully!

XO,
Jane

Elyse said...

sigh ...

thank you for sharing your amazing trip and images

xo
elyse

michele said...

enchanting.

i must go.

michele

Cat said...

Lovely images! Sorry the weather did not completely cooperate! We had some great weeks in early September-- but it is already turning more grey and rainy and I think it has even gotten more so since your visit!

I still have hope for a few glorious sunny days in October -- you never know! : )

Laughter and friendship surpass even the rainiest days!

xx!
Cat

Karen T. said...

Beautiful pictures! Seems you both had an unforgettable time. You and Jeanne look like you could be sisters.

found and sewn said...

I'd love to visit one day, looks beautiful.

Crys said...

Fantastic photos, thanks so much for sharing, I am really enjoying your trip!

Vent de Terre said...

Giverny et la maison de Monet est un lieu enchanteur en toute saison !

Teresa Byington said...

I've always dreamed of going to Monet's Garden. Thanks for taking us along with you. I enjoyed your tour very much!

Karena said...

Tracy the magic of seeing Monet s gardens, bridge, water lilies as he saw them would be an incredible experience! So happy you are having a great trip!

I do hope you will enter my Giveaway of Velvet Pumpkins from Love Feast!

Xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Julia said...

I love Monet, and especially this place. This garden is so beautiful, and the house is also gorgeous. I went several times there. It's always nice to see it.

Mare60 said...

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Lucrezia Vozza said...

Hello Tracey,
Looks like you're really enjoying it here in France!

I am the writer and photostylist of the Italian and French magazines you were featured in some time ago.

I just opened up a new blog to share some "behind the scenes" and inspiration works, I'd be glad if you stopped by!

Lucrezia

Lost in Provence said...

How perfectly the HDR softened out the shadows and light--just like in Monet's paintings!! You have given me something to aim for...
Bon Dimanche and thank you for the inspiration...

Becky C said...

Ok, Tracey...these photos are so gorgeous, they don't even look real. They look like paintings. So spectacular! Love you two cuties...glad you had so much fun! Your shop is full of wonderful stuff. Wish I could get it all. LOL

Lorenza said...

Bellissimo!!!This is like a dream!!

boomgaard said...

Mooie post, prachtige tuin van Monet. Ben er zelf vorig jaar geweest, Normandië heeft een aantal hele mooie tuinen. Genieten.

Groet,

Marieke.

Jeane M. said...

Omg, how envious! Definitely love those garden flowers and those pathway...wonderful. Be safe and have fun. Got my eye on your next posts.

Cindy said...

Oh my gosh... it really looks just like the paintings! And... it sounds so fun to be with a friend you can laugh with, how awesome for both of you!

Cindy

Art and Sand said...

One of my "Top Ten Days" was a day my sister and I spent in Monet's garden. Our daughters wanted to shop in Paris so we left them money and we took the train and spent a wonderful day with her sketching and me writing in my journal.
Thanks for bringing back the memory.

RSA Online Now said...

I love your garden!!