Channeling Monet: An Afternoon at Giverny

by Tory Hoen
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Tory Hoen

After attending Brown University and spending two years in New York, Tory bought a one-way ticket to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a writer (and of drinking wine at lunch). During her time in the City of Light, she chronicled the euphoric highs and the laughable lows of ex-pat life on her blog, A Moveable Beast. Though she's now based in New York, she travels frequently to Montreal and Brazil, and she'll use just about any excuse to jet to Paris ("I ran out of fleur de sel"). A regular contributor to Hip Paris, Tory also writes for New York Magazine, Time Out New York, and she is a co-author of's Guide To Life After College. View Tory Hoen's Website

5 comments on “Channeling Monet: An Afternoon at Giverny


Lovely pictures. I too was mixed on Monet and Giverny, and most enjoyed the unexpected beauty of the wildflower garden.

My husband and I head to Paris in Sept and this has made me feel that a stop in Giverny is in order. He truly was a Master but sadly Wal-mart-ized but still worthy of our respect ~ I will never look at a water-lily the same way again…

Tory, you made me laugh out loud, especially with your Monet-ed out reflection…. 🙂
I know what you felt, and I was even worth because when I was much, much younger, and being influenced by a Monet print my (poor) parents managed to buy and frame and thus ‘educating’ me Monet-wise as a child already, I went and bought loads of ‘his’ postcards, then a VERY BEAUTIFUL (yes, really!) photo-cookery-style-book A la table de Monet and that was that!
NOW I yearn to go to Giverny and had it not rained buckets on Monday, we would have taken our English friends up to Giverny…. but it really, really wouldn’t have been any fun. I can’t wait because I found much informative material and lovely photos on the internet too.
GO; we shall even combine it maybe with a night in a B&B and a nice meal – mmmh!

Really wanted to go to Giverny when I last visited France, but closed in winter 🙁

And on a completely different note: Van Gogh’s haystacks rule!

Our family vacation is to France this year and we will be taking in Giverny on the way out of Paris. I hadn’t been particularly excited, perhaps for reasons similar to yours. Now, however, I am looking forward to spending some time there. I should also peruse your blog a little more for site-seeing inspiration.

Thank you for this timely (for me) post.

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