3.10.16

Giverny - again


I already posted about Monet's Giverny some six years ago (see here), but I had the privilege to return with my friend Christina Björk, who together with the illustrator Lena Andersson wrote a bestseller about the little girl Linnea who visited Paris and Giverny, accompanied by a friend of her family. The book “Linnea in Monet’s Garden” has been sold worldwide in millions of copies, has been filmed… . Here we can see Christina surrounded by sculptor friend Barbro Hedström and journalist and author friend Gunilla Boëthius.

Thanks to Christina we were received as VIPs!

So, again some pictures from Monet’s home, outside and inside…



… from the flower garden in front of the house, the “Clos Normand”…


… and from the water garden with its Japanese bridge, the nympheas (unfortunately hardly in bloom late September)…



Monet later added a larger studio (needed for his giant nymphea paintings), which now is the souvenir shop. Here we of course found Christina’s book for sale.


There is more to see in the charming little village and you can end up by visiting Monet’s family grave at the local cemetery.  



10 comments:

Jeanie said...

This post brings back many fond memories of my visit to Monet's garden in 2009. How very fortunate to be with a VIP (especially one who has written such a charming book -- I know it well). We weren't allowed photos from inside and oh, how that broke my heart, especially with the magnificent kitchen and dining room. I wanted to move in right away! And those charming bedrooms. I must return one day. Your post has reminded me once again of its loveliness.

Kate said...

Thank you for the tour, Peter. I, too, visited years ago but no photos indoors were allowed. You really were treated like a VP! I have just ordered the book and am looking forward to reading it!

French Girl in Seattle said...

A good friend recently recommended this wonderful little book, and I am glad I ordered it. Reading it is almost as good as visiting Monet's home in person - not to mention we now have your photos to complete the picture... and the story. Thank you for bringing us along, as always. Véronique

rosienanjirowe said...

The pictures are wonderful and the post is charming
Thank you peter
I would love to visit one day
Rosie

Dédé said...

Tiens, tiens, cela me rappelle quelque chose. Un repas au bord de l'eau avec des amis bloggeurs. On était jeunes à l'époque mais on l'est toujours! :-)

Anonymous said...


First time I hear about this delicious sounding book. Have I been living under a rock?
And the news come so handy! I wanted to give a book for Christmas to Clarence ( yes, with that name you probably think it must be a banker.) It is instead a 7 year old boy whom I babysit and read to all the time. We're best friends.

Me encantan las fotos y el relato. Que hermoso lugar.
Mil gracias.
Maria

lyliane said...

Comme le disait Dédé, souvenir d'une belle et bonne journée, tu n'étais pas loin de la maison, tu aurais du venir y faire un petit tour!

Dédé said...

tu boudes? :-)

claude said...

Un jour peut-être quand mon Chéri sera à la retraite, nous pourrons y aller. Je connais un peu pour avoir vu des publications de Lucie.
Je suis passer vite fait sur la pétanque et un peu plus longuement sur Stockholm. C'est curieux, l'autre soir on a vu des trucs bizarres aussi dans le ciel.

Kate said...

Peter, I just picked up "Linnea in Monet's Garden" and am looking forward to reading it!