More Monet

French Word(s) of the Day: juste nos quatre (juice-st no cat-rah)- just us four

Sam leads a tour through through Claude Monet’s home in Giverny.  We were in luck; the week we were in France was one of the last weeks that the garden was open.  It closed shortly after our visit for the winter.

I’ve discussed how much I love Monet.  Sam is also aware of this fact.  The last time I’d been at Giverny, there had been people all over the place and on all the bridges.  I was a little worried they were going to collapse.  I’d told him how sad I wasn’t that I hadn’t been able to take people-less pictures.

Sam’s tour gets in before the gardens open to the public.  He led his group to the house for their special tour (with another guide) and then snuck us into the gardens.  The four of us got to be there without anyone else for several minutes, and Sam said, “Happy birthday, Meghan!”

Happy birthday, indeed!

As today is my actual birthday, I think it’s the perfect time to share all my beautiful photos.

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My Main Man, Monet

French Word(s) of the Day: les nymphéas (lay nym-fay-ah)- the waterlilies

My friend, Jenna, is currently a student at the Art Institute of Chicago which means she can get me into the museum for free.  As many of you know, this is my favorite price.

Claude Monet is my absolute favorite painter of all time.  (In case you couldn’t tell from my Giverny post.)  I see his work and it makes me feel happy inside.  Impressionism can do that to a girl.

The Art Institute has one of the largest collections of Impressionism in the world courtesy of Mrs. Bertha Palmer.  I’m going to feed into a rumor here, and imply that she might have been under the influence of alcohol/ drugs when she bought many of these.  (I’ve no idea if that’s true, but if she was alive now the tabloids would be all over that.)

Bertha Palmer, Source: Wikipedia

No one can resist a few painting photos, so without further ado here’s some Monet:

This painting I did not previous know existed is of my beloved train station in Paris, Saint Lazare.  I lived right next to it for a year and a half.  I assume he painted this just for me.

If anyone has any suggestions on where to find prints of these paintings, please share!

Winter Flowers

French Word(s) of the Day: le jardin (luh jhar dawn)- the garden

We had our first huge snow of the year about 3 days ago which means that I’m ready for the snow to melt.  Winter should only last 3 days.

Unfortunately, Mother Nature and I disagree on this.  She thinks it should last 3 months.  I assume she goes south for the winter and doesn’t have to try to walk through sludgy snow on her way to work.

My favorite escape has always been to look at beautiful pictures, and I collected several when I went to Monet’s old haunt, Giverny, last spring.  Monet’s my favorite painter, but I can see how he made such fabulous paintings.  Ready for a spring escape?

Happy winter!