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Monet's water garden

Monet’s water garden

Now.  It is time.  Let me explain: We traveled to Paris four months ago and then I started a new work schedule, and then the kids’ gruelling swimming and Irish dancing schedules kicked in and life in general has just kept me all too busy to write about our wonderful trip to Monet’s garden.   But now, following the terrible events in Paris on Friday the 13th of November,  the situation has presented itself to me that to write about Monet’s garden will in some small way connect me to the people of Paris.  There is too much beauty in our world to let the ugly acts of a few destroy that.  So please, come with me on a little escape into the beautiful world of Monet’s Gardens…

beauty and tranquility

beauty and tranquility

I enjoyed the water gardens immensely. There was something peaceful and beautiful in that experience, despite being surrounded by many, many people!

water lilies

water lilies

I love the water.

collage of water lilies

collage of water lilies

plashes of pink

splashes of pink

such a sunny day to enjoy the beautiful views

such a sunny day to enjoy the beautiful views

You are HERE

You are HERE

Before touring a different section of the gardens, here are a few pictures from the inside of Monet’ house.

inside of Monet's house

looking out into the gardens

This room housed many copies of the artist’s work.  There was a large, lovely window looking out into the gardens, as well.

another view

another view

Inside Monets house more paintings

The dining room.

The dining room

Color played an important role in the house, as can be noted in the (quite) yellow dining room.

The working kitchen had beautiful blue tiles

The working kitchen had beautiful blue tiles

The blue tiles in the working kitchen were my favorite, though.

View from upstairs in the house

View from upstairs in the house

My son was nice enough to take a picture of the rest of the family in front of Monet's house

My son was nice enough to take a picture of the rest of the family in front of Monet’s house

Let me now welcome you into the gardens at the front of the house.

View of the pink house with green shutters

View of the pink house with green shutters

The house is pink.  Truly pink… with green shutters.  🙂

arches of flowers and so much color!

arches of flowers and so much color!

which angle is best...

which angle is best…

of course there were chickens

of course there were chickens

I simply loved all of it

I simply loved all of it

a picture with no people!

a picture with no people!

I loved how they worked this cooking apple tree into hedging

I loved how they worked this cooking apple tree into hedging

apple tree hedging

apple tree hedging

It was rather difficult to get a good view of "everything"

It was rather difficult to get a good view of “everything”

so I captured groupings of flowers and colors ... or so that was my intention!

so I captured groupings of flowers and colors … or so that was my intention!

the orange section

the orange section

the yellow section

the yellow section

pinks and purples

pinks and purples and a piece of the house in the upper left corner of the picture

lots and lots of pinks...

lots and lots of pinks…

my new favorite: a mimosa tree!

my new favorite: a mimosa tree!

gorgeous colors all around the garden

gorgeous colors all around the garden

You can almost feel the sun with these pictures!

I can almost feel the sun with these pictures

Monets Flowers collage orange reds

yellow collage

yellow collage

peach

peach

more yellows

more yellows

timeless beauties

timeless beauties

splashes of color everywhere

splashes of color everywhere

There are sad times in our world today.   But I hope we don’t stop showing compassion and love for one another, or stop enjoying the beauty which is all around us.  Our prayers are of course with all of those affected by terrorism.
With Love and In Peace,
Dana

I'm not sure if it is so dreary now because of the world events and the recent weather, but the colors in this picture really jumped out at me...

a pop of color in what feels like “gray times”…

 

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