Monday Moods: I feel... blurry.

As I mentioned on Saturday,
we went to Normandy this weekend.

The first stop on our trip was Claude Monet's house in Giverny.

We were rushed to catch the next train,
so we only had one hour there.

It really should be at least three...
but it was sunny, our guide was amazing
& it lived up to all I had thought it would be,

As we rushed around the estate
from the famous water garden...

{where I could happily spend hours 
sitting by the water garden
being bored & picking petals off the tiny flowers}

On through through the main garden
in front of his colorful house,
I was absolutely giddy.

When I was four or five, 
I became a bit obsessed with Monet's Water Lilies.

In my delusional mind, it felt like they were made especially for my enjoyment.

My parents bought me a replica (obviously) 
and hung it on the wall across from my bath tub.

This silent presence during my bath time
ultimately resulted in countless attempts 
of me trying to float like one of  Monet's lilies
on top of the water of my bath tub.

I never could stay a float for more than a few seconds
and it always left me wishing that I had stem 
that could, to my young self, given me the support needed
 to allow me to rest above the water.

As we sat on the train that chugged us deeper towards the French coast,
I couldn't help but find our moment in Giverny 
to be anything short of a beautiful, albeit blurry, place.

Just like Monet painted it.


If you want to visit Monet's house in Giverny...

Take a train from Paris St. Lazare to Vernon, it's approximately 50 minutes.
Take the bus outside the station. It will drive you to Monet's house for €4 round trip, per person.
If you would like to prebook a guide, I recommend Ariane. She is lovely.
The gardens close during winter on November 1, but reopen April 1.
Give yourself 2.5 hours to walk the property.


  1. Beautifully written post, Lauren. I love that bathtub memory. I've always wanted to go to his house and see what he saw. What a beautiful place. Those willows, man... they definitely inspire something great.

  2. Wow. So many gorgeous pictures! So cool you got to go to your favorite artist's home!! xoxo Elizabeth

  3. Love this. We missed out on going there & I was a little sad. Monet is my mom's favorite artist so I spent a lot of time in my childhood seeing any exhibit of his we could find!

  4. These are such pretty pictures! I love Monet too! (And somehow, blurry seems pretty apt for photos of an impressionist painter's home!)

  5. I feel in love with his work when I was nine. I even had a comforter and sheets that looked similar to his waterlilies. He's still my favorite when it comes to art. Beautiful photos!

  6. Giverny is on my bucket list. Have been obsessed with Monet since my childhood too! Every time ive been to.Paris there hasn't been enough time! I will need to bookmarks this post on how to get there when imams irons day!


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