You might think I was still in Amsterdam?
I think these tulips are even better than in Amsterdam to tell the truth.
On Tuesday I was trying to encourage PBers Carm and Lindsey to go to Giverny before they left Paris.
I got so excited I ended up going myself the next day! Go figure.
It's only 45 minutes from Gare Saint Lazare + a short (10 minute 8 euros A/R) shuttle bus to the gardens. More details here.
I almost didn't go inside Monet's house. BTW every single person inside was brazenly taking pictures and even filming, so why not join in?
Of the gardens below. It gives you another perspective.
I arrived a little before 2 pm (I took the train to Rouen).
It certainly wasn't crowded in the afternoon after the tour buses had gone.
You're gasping for air
It's so breathtakingly beautiful.
The flowers change from month to month. Do check their schedule.
I didn't remember flower seeds being sold in their boutique.
Now you too can be surrounded by gorgeous blooms like Monet.
It's funny how just talking about Giverny got me on a train the next day. And just tasting Jill Colonna's wonderfully soupy strawberry jam got me painting jam for the May Sketch letter.
Especially since she gave me a jar to take home (gone in 24 hours...). Jill used a Bonne Maman jar - perfect to express Mothers Day. I added the 'Monetish' peony.
I thought I'd see lots of peonies in the gardens but they don't arrive till later in May.
I wish I could paint like Monet. Who doesn't?
Subscribe or renew to the Paris Sketch letters and you'll get a Gillottish peony watercolor instead (gift with purchase).
HAPPY MAY Everyone!!