Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
poliphilo

Giverny

And now we're going to talk about something pleasant.

The morning of the day we went to Versailles we spent in Monet's garden at Giverny. I'm not wildly keen on Monet and the Impressionists but this is a special place- and something important to humanity- a new way of seeing-  was nurtured here. Van Gogh said it best. "Monet is just an eye- but, my God, what an eye!"  Monet was a humble person and impossible not to like- and his house is an unremakable, countrified family home (he and his second wife had loads of kids between them) with a large but unshowy garden in the backyard.  Walking round the famous lily pond I felt- in spite of all the people I was following and who were treading on my heels- that I was on holy ground. 

Giverny is a tiny village. The church is Romanesque.  In the cemetery is the honoured grave of six English airmen who died when their Lancaster bomber crashed in flames in a nearby field.
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