Having been enamored with Mimi Thorisson’s blog (oh and also her life) for awhile now, Ginger and I have been planning to test out a few recipes from her cookbook. This plan has essentially been on hold while I finish my kitchen redo but now that it is complete, we are moving forward with our dinner party plans and will hopefully have a post up for that soon.
In the meantime, as I was thumbing through the pages of her book, drooling over both the French cuisine and her enviable French life, I started reminiscing about my trip a few years ago. I hope you don’t mind indulging me on this little flashback of our time in Giverny, and hopefully it will get you ready for our soon to come post about our attempts at French cooking.
My husband and I decided to take a day trip out of Paris to visit Giverny which, as some of you may know, is home to Monet’s famous gardens. It is about a 45 minute train ride from Paris Gare St. Lazare train station to Vernon.
We were feeling adventurous, so we decided to rent some bikes from a little place across from the train station. It’s a four mile bike ride to get to Monet’s house and while that might sound daunting to someone like me who hadn’t ridden a bike in years, this ride was a highlight of our entire trip.
We quickly zipped through town and then spent the majority of the ride on a trail that is nestled at the bottom of the hills. There are benches spread along the trail so it is a picturesque spot for a picnic if you decide not to eat in one of the places in Giverny.
Being on bikes, rather than on a tour bus, allowed us to stop and gape at all of the charming houses along the way. If you do this, I highly recommend daydreaming about buying that little cottage as a summer home. It could happen, right?
When we got to Giverny, we went straight to Claude Monet’s house in order to avoid the rush of tour buses we knew would be coming in.
I must confess that even though I majored in Art History, I knew very little about Monet and had just a basic understanding of impressionism. I would highly suggest taking tour to make the most of your visit.
When we got to the ponds, it was easy to see how an artist who was working on depicting light was inspired here. Even in the days overcast moments, the light dappled the water’s surface beautifully.
After spending hours here I decided to buy some seeds to start my own inspiring garden at home. If you are from the U.S, be warned that these will be taken from you when you enter back into the country. Naive little me didn’t realize that there are seeds that are specifically approved to go to the U.S. vs. the non approved ones. Find those if you are going to buy something, or just get a nice print instead.
Looking through these pictures has gotten me excited to plan our next big trip out of the country. As you plan yours, if you are looking for a day trip out of Paris, this is worth the time spent away from the City of Light.