The Not-so Secret Garden’s of Giverny, France
One main road lining a small village of an old artist’s commune that still exists today. It’s one of my favorite places in the world – Giverny, France. A home to the very creator of impressionism, still stands, gardens and all. People from all over, day in & day out spend at least a day walking the magnificent grounds of Monet’s Garden.
Pulling into the village, getting in one last visit while still on European soil. We encounter another American family. “Oh, we’re just passing through on our way to Paris for about an hour.” They say, it being their first time here. I almost reply, “You won’t be able to stay for just an hour, I promise.” I decide not to and let Giverny’s magnetism pull them in as she requests all of her visitors to remain longer than expected.
We learned our lesson here years ago and always stay overnight, at least. Three hours later, we pass by the same family and I notice their son in Monet’s garden for his 2nd walk through the gardens.I smile to myself as I think of the 4 new souls that have fallen victim to Giverny’s captivating magic.
The sun is warm. Flowers in full bloom seducing the attention of every camera that passes by as if each one is the next top model dressed in this season’s latest fashion. Even among all the visitors and bustling foreplay for the tourists, this place demands peace. You would never know it, until once inside – the village, the gardens, the art, the cozy cafes each ask us to step inside ourselves. Calling us to that deep place within ourselves that remains peaceful no matter the atmosphere. Yes, this truly is one of my favorite places in the world.