Yesterday I did something I’ve been wanting to do for as long as I can remember.
I went to visit the house and gardens of Claude Monet in Giverny. It’s not so much the iconic impressionist painter’s works that have had me dreaming of Giverny – though they are of course quite impressive.
No, it’s that images of the actual place that inspired him grafted themselves onto my mind at a young age; I mean, how flippin’ beautiful can you get?
Why then has it taken me so many years to go? It’s under an hour’s journey from Paris, a simple train (then short bus) ride to arrive.
Isn’t this often the case with dreams, though, even (especially?) those that we can readily achieve? What do you think holds us back?
I’ve been battling a bit of the blues lately, but I also know how to kick myself in the butt, too. Just do it, Sion. See the gorgeous world and its gifts.
Some dreams are huge; they seem like mountains must be moved. But some…oh some have a clear shape, a concrete form, and are quite easy to make happen. The smallest joys can bring the biggest rewards.
This is what it looks like when one of those dreams comes true.
This is Claude Monet’s house and garden.
New life goal: somehow figure out how to have a house and garden like this.
I’ll be requiring my own private pond, too, please.
Yes, it’s *that* famous lily pond.
All this beauty – it’s too much! I must dance!
…it was a good reminder that I always feel better when I get out there and do things. And that my soul is warmed by simple delights.
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* All photos taken by my main squeeze, who still wishes to remain anonymous. All photos are copyrighted.
* To get to Giverny from Paris follow 3 simple steps:
1) Trains leave from the Gare Saint Lazare. Buy a ticket for “Vernon.” (Attention! Buy it from the machines for “Grandes Lignes,” not for machines selling tickets for “Ile-de-France.”) The fastest trains take 44 minutes.
2) When you hop off at Vernon, walk through the small station and find a bus waiting to take you to Giverny on the right.
3) Follow the tourist hordes to find the main attractions. (We went and ate first instead which was a good idea; we were able to miss being part of the wave. Buying a combined ticket at the museum lets you skip the queue at the house.)
What are you doing to stop and smell the roses? Is there some experience – small and golden – you can make happen very soon?