Thursday, 30 July 2009

Friday flowers & Claude Monet

Photo: Latour-Marliac

I adore waterlillies or Nénuphars as they are called in french, there is just something about them that is magical.

We are lucky enough to have the waterlilly gardens that inspired the fabulous and of course french artist, Claude Monet.

They are called Jardin des Nénuphars Latour-Marliac and are about a 45 minute drive from Maison No. 20.

Besides the beautiful water lily gardens, you will also see the beautiful ponds and lakes that inspired Claude Monet.



A Panel from Les Nympheas at the Orangerie in Paris


The gardens also house a small museum, exotic glasshouse, bamboo garden, lake and Japanese bridge.

Over 90 per cent of the hardy water lilies in existence in the world at the end of the 19th century were created in this landscaped haven of peace and quiet which covers some 2.5 hectares.

There is also a fabulous restaurant with a lovely view of the gardens, where they serve my favourite Foie gras du Sud Ouest, served with baguette toasts and cranberry sauce and other local delicacies, that this part of France is so famous for.


Photo: Jardin des Nénuphars Latour-Marliac -Café Marliacea

For more about the gardens and also the relationship bewteen Claude Monet and the founder of the gardens, Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac, please visit the Jardin des Nénuphars Latour-Marliac website.

On Saturday I am participating in Paink Saturday and will also be announcing details of my giveaway, pink of course!

Bon vendredi

L x

9 comments:

  1. Oh, it's such a beautiful place, isn't it ? No wonder it inspired Monet and how lucky are you to be so close, and I love the panel of Les Nympheas.I have got some water lilies in my pond but not quite on that scale !!!! XXXX

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  2. Perfect choice for Friday flowers - water lilies are so beautiful and I'm hoping desperately that some will grow on our dam. Have a lovely weekend. Leigh

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  3. The panel of Les Nympheas is exquisite. Lucky you being so close to all this beauty. Have a great weekend. x Julie

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  4. I just love the Monet 'Water Lilies' & he painted them with very poor vision.
    have a wonderful weekend...cate

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  5. Hi!! I have always loved Monet, such fabulous colours! Have a great Friday and weekend!

    From AK;))

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  6. Looks like just another wonderful reason to go and stay at Maison 20!

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  7. So lovely-have a wonderful weekend. No painting I hope!

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  8. Love Monet and the waterlilies are a favourite of mine. Would like to one day go and visit Monet's garden. I saw it on the TV show, Gardens around the World.
    Daughter brought back a little frieze of the water lily print, that she has hanging in her bedroom.

    enjoy your weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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