The big pink stucco home has been restored by using family photographs as well as information gleaned from personal correspondence.
(In the following post any photos used without credits belong to me)
Photo courtesy of Google Images
The Norman garden along with the house is located on one side of an unseen road. His large studio is located nearby.
By crossing through a passageway under the road one exits into his famous Japanese garden. I'm sure it was planned this way so that the spell wouldn't be broken for the modern visitor. The spell that Monet and his easel might be glimpsed just around the next turn.
I have a ticket for each of you if you would like come back tomorrow for more of the tour. Be sure not to miss seeing the inside of his home and more of the Japanese gardens where he spent so many hours painting waterlilies.
Thinking so much about waterlilies, inspired me to paint a bit today. I have to work to see color and pattern, to understand how to apply the color. Giving up control, seeing the impression of things, not having to put in each detail is almost impossible for me.
I am no Monet. But not many of us are.