Le Château de Cheverny is definitely my favorite Château de la Loire. It is not impressive by its size but elegant and refined. The façade is not too loaded with ornaments compare to other châteaux. The interior as well as the gardens are very romantic! Definitely worth a visit!
Giverny is a small village located in the beautiful area of Normandy and it is so charming! It is very well-known because of Monet who lived there. Many other impressionist artists were attracted by the landscapes and the atmosphere as well. You can visit the property of Monet by stepping into the colourful house and by wandering around the magnificent gardens.
Then you can go around the village and admire all the typical houses….
You can stop by the little “Antiquités” shop….
You can get a very good ice-cream…
And you have to stop at the Hotel Baudy (where many impressionist painters used to gather) and drink a glas of wine, eat an “omelette” and visit their beautiful garden hidden behind the restaurant…
Take a moment to sit on a bench and enjoy the nature, the calm and the atmosphere of the place…
And when leaving you can admire the beautiful huge bamboos on the side of the road!
My summer vacation start today and I have been looking forward to it as tiredness has kind of “invaded” my body! So I will be exploring, discovering, relaxing, drawing and painting, reading, eating good food, visiting family and friends, etc…. But before all of that let me present you a beautiful place in Paris: the botanical garden called “Le Jardin des plantes”. (The garden of plants). It is located in the 5th arrondissement and it is the place when science, nature and history meets. It was created in 1635, project initiated by the doctor of the king Louis XIII. At that time it was called the Royal garden of medicinal plantes but became the garden of plants after the revolution. It is really worth walking around the elegant alleys, sitting on a bench and enjoying a little bit of quietness, admiring the elegant buildings and all the flowers and plants nature has to offer.
Touches of pink….
Touches of yellow…
La Grande Serre ( the big hothouse)
And soon…. le Jardin des Pivoines ( the garden of peonies) as I would like to dedicate an entire article to my favorite flower…. stay tuned!