Wednesday, May 02, 2007


After three days of hard work in Baku and one day spent sleeping at home, I went for a trip to France. I’ve been at the beach in Le Touquet and for the night in Rouen, but the highest point of the short vacation was the visit to Claude Monet’s home and gardens in the village of Giverny. According to my guide, Claude Monet noticed Giverny while looking out the window of a train he was riding in 1883. He made up his mind to move there and rented a house and the area surrounding it. In 1890 he had enough money to buy the house and land outright and set out to create the magnificent gardens he wanted to paint. Actually, some of his most famous paintings, such as his water lily and Japanese bridge paintings, portray this garden in Giverny. Monet lived in Giverny until his death in 1926, and he and many members of his family are interred in the village cemetery. Today, Monet's house and gardens have been restored and have become a popular tourist attraction (the Foundation Claude Monet), particularly in the summer when the flowers are in bloom. The place is special and so was the date. All in all, it was a very pleasant day and there’s one less unforgettable place to see before I die on my list.


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