LIFESTYLE & LEISURES > When work takes me to a place I have never been : Giverny

Sometimes going to a place is more than just a visit, especially Paris- a city that holds a special place in my heart. Whenever work offers me an excuse to go there, I can’t resist making a repeat visit to this capital of great art, home of numerous artists and the world’s greatest museums-ahhh the charms of Paris.

The time again, I was on the RER train line en route to “the past” to an old train station that was originally known as Gare d’Orsay, prior to being converted to the art museum, the Musée d’Orsay. Presently, the museum houses French paintings, sculptures, furniture and photography. It is best known however, for its extensive collection of impressionist masterpieces by painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renior, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh.
The term, “Impressionism” is derived from the title of a Claude Monet painting, impression, Sunrise which depicts the harbour landscape of La Havre, Normandie. Monet is considered a revolutionary artist because of his having created this unique style of painting. His impressionist paintings evoke viewer’s imagination by using dreamy visual effects and light reflections.

Feeling deeply impressed with Monet’s works and other impressionist masterpieces at the Musée d’Orsay. I decided to make my way to a new destination: Giverney, the location of Monet’s home and the lush garden that surrounds it. Monet was captivated by the village of Giverny while passing through on a train once. He felt in love with this place right away and decided to move there, where h first rented a property. In May 1890, he was able to by the house and the land outright and then he began planting his gardens.
The two-storey house has a pink façade and dark green window panes and is surrounded by a richly coloured flower garden, lush green shrubs and climbing plants. There is also a lily pond traversed by a Japanese bridge. His gardens became the source of inspiration behind some of his most famous paintings including : Le pont japonais à Giverney, Water Lilies, Le Bassin aux nympéas avec iris.

Before my departure from Monet’s garden, I found myself thinking that if it hadn’t been for work, I wouldn’t have gone to Giverny. Sometimes life, leads us unexpectedly onto a new path. As someone once said, “work will take us to a place we have never been.”

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