During May 2015 we took a trip to France. After spending three full days in Paris, we rented a car to head out to Normandy and then on to the Loire valley. We stopped at Claude Monet’s gardens in Giverny on our way from Paris to Bayeux. I’m not sure if the gardens of today are still true to how Monet planned them, but they were lovely nonetheless. I was particularly excited to get to see the ponds and water lilies and a slightly-modernized version of his Japanese bridge — both made famous by his impressionist paintings. I was truly amazed at the huge variety of plants and colors that were present in Monet’s gardens. I like to think that Monet put a lot of thought into designing the gardens and that maybe what is there today still looks like what he envisioned in his head…like a living work of art. We got a little bit turned around after we left the parking lot. There weren’t really any signs indicating where the entrance to Monet’s Gardens was, so we walked the wrong direction for a bit. We eventually gave up and turned around, and I took this photograph on our way to the entrance, not knowing that it was actually the back of Monet’s house. I thought that the shutters, vines, and colors were charming.