Channeling Monet: An Afternoon at Giverny

by Tory Hoen
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Tory Hoen

Tory Henwood Hoen is a former Paris resident who now lives in Brooklyn. Her debut novel, The Arc, is available in bookshops near you and online View Tory Hoen's Website

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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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