“All I did,” Claude Monet once said, “was to look at what the universe showed me and let my brush bear witness to it.”
This is how he described his most famous works of art, Les Nymphéas.
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Paris, Normandy is the perfect spot to go for a breath of fresh air. Most Parisians flock to the south of France where the beaches are warmer, so it’s less crowded everywhere else. We rented a manual car (at just €25/day) with the hope that I’d learn to drive stick shift on this trip. Reality: I “drove” about 20m from one parking spot to another and called it quits. Thanks Ty for driving the rest of the way, ha!
Ahh, Giverny. As I mention in the video below, I’ve wanted to visit the place of Monet’s inspiration for quite some time. It has been #1 on my travel bucket list. Even though it’s only a 50-minute train ride from Paris, you really have to reserve the entire day to see the beautiful gardens and tour his home.