Monday, February 22, 2010



A few years ago I was able to go to France on a small cruise ship that sailed down the Seine.

On that trip we stopped at various artists colonies and homes along the way.  This is our stop at Monet's Giverny.

We did this trip in March if my memory serves me and it was a little cool for that time of year; thus the blossoms were not as magnificent as in years past (or so we were told)!
Looks pretty magnificent to me!!!!

In the background, you can see Monet's home where he lived with his family.  It was a two story house, and as I recall, the rooms were modest in size.  I'm not sure why we don't have any photos of the inside; perhaps we were not allowed to take any.  I just can't remember.

Here is a photo taken from a second story window.  Can you imagine looking down on all this lush greenery everyday?

The famous water lilies that he must have painted a hundred times or more.

And of course, the famous bridge that we see in his wonderful paintings.

For those of us who are dealing with snow, rainy, grey days here is a  bit of 

Blessings dear friends,



  1. Bonjour Josette,
    Lovely images, the water lilies are my absolute favorites. Is that pretty lady on the bridge you? You look right at home my friend.
    A bientôt

  2. Really gorgeous pics, thanks for sharing.

  3. How awesome! I'd love to go there someday. Problem is, I may not want to come back!
    Glad you got to go and then share it here..
    I can almost smell the green in your pictures!
    Hope you got me back on....

    See ya yesterday...


  4. Dear Josette!-)*

    What a wonderful world!!!
    It's a magical pictures and I wil be stay there...
    Nice dream land!-)***

    Love and hugs,


  5. Hello Jo,

    Thanks for visiting me...I get Monet is my favorite Impressionist ever! I've been to the Getty Museum here in LA and I just sit in front of his painting and stare it's so magnificent. Your trip looks and sounds magnificent too...your soooo lucky.


  6. What a wonderful trip this must have been, Jo, and always a dream of mine. Your pictures did not let me down! How beautiful the grounds are. A lot of inspiration for painting, thinking, dreaming...


  7. Hello Jo... what a wonderful time you must have had! Your photos are stunning... I so love Monet! So nice of you to share... Merci!... Bisous... Julie Marie

  8. So beautiful, Josette! Thanks so much for sharing this vision of springtime loveliness!

  9. That most have been a fantabulous trip. Your pictures really capture the moment. What a blessing to go to France!
    Cindy at Lakewood

  10. Gorgeous! I would love to have a view like that. Today we have a dust storm. Yuck! My husband has been to France several times on business but I haven't been there yet. One day! Blessings, Tammy

  11. Thank you so much for posting these pictures. I would love to go there someday and it's giving me motivation to get my yard in shape pronto!

  12. Oh what a glorious trip that must have been!!!!

    Do you have more to share with us, about this trip? Did you fly to France and get the river cruise boat, there? Etc.

    I remember seeing tv program about boating along European canals and etc. Few people. Leisurely. Just lovely. :-)

  13. yes...tis snow i see out my window at this moment.
    but through your memories...i will delight in the promise of spring!

    what a wonderful memory to share with us!

  14. Josette, Sounds like a trip of a lifetime! What beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for visiting my blog, Marcia

  15. Hi sweet Josette,
    I had to run by and leave a quick note..telling you the package arrived...and ooohhhhhhh,what a package.Oh my gosh!!!!!!!! What a package..I so loved every second of opening it,and each wonder inside.. it will be my blog post for later today or in the morning.
    I also wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your pictures and the way you present them..they're wonderful and the stories you have with them, well,they take us with you and let us enjoy right along with you. You have quite a talent and a gift...I so enjoy it.

  16. It is truly a heavenly garden. Your pictures are beautiful....xv

  17. Jo, I think it is interesting that I sent that little book on Monet's Garden before i knew you had actually been there! How marvelous that must have been kinda makes that book insignificant. I know how much you like amaryllis so you must see my post of the flower show. I had never seen bouquets like that before. Blessings Meg

    February 25, 2010 10:09 AM

  18. Jo, thank you so much for posting these wonderful photos. What a wonderful trip that must have been! Thank you for visiting and commenting in my little spot in blogland so that I could find your beautiful blog. ~ Angela


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