Bob got home on a Friday. On Saturday morning he woke up and said "I think we have to go to Giverny." We left on Sunday, and even the kids agree that it was worth the 8 hours drive each direction!
For many years Bob and I had a coffee table book called Monet's Table, which we used for both design reference and daydreams. We loved the stories of the family cook, whom everyone was afraid of, and the wonderful rooms, decorated by a man who knew a thing or two about color and light. To walk into Monet's dramatic yellow-on-yellow dining room, to stand in the blue-tiled kitchen with it's copper pots on the walls, with everything looking exactly as we had envisioned it for years, was a moment in time for both of us.
They won't let you take pictures inside the house, and the from-the-hip shots we tried to get didn't come out, so we can't show you inside. We can show you the Summer Garden, with it's riotous flower beds, and the Winter Garden, with the Japanese bridge covered in wisteria, and the famous lily pond. We were in Paris in February, and saw the gigantic Water Lilies series. It was very cool for the kids to see the real thing. Bob and I even got a shot of the two of us, taken by Owen. Thanks, Owen.