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Reflections of Honfleur & Giverny
Good day to you! or should I say Bonjour!! Today is all about France!!
I'll be flashing back to my March, 2013 trip to France - specifically to Honfleur and Giverny (the home of Claude Monet).
Figured with Tanya currently traveling through these two great towns, I'd join her!
Before, I do, however, let me tell you about last night. It was the kids' Social Studies Fair.
Both Gianna and Kelsey were part of this annual event. G's project was about about Ancient South America and her presentation included a replica of Machu Picchu in Peru.
Now, most kids dressed up as a famous person from their historic era and geographical location. But since there were no famous goddesses from South America, Gianna dressed up as Amelia Earhart and boy did she look cute!!
Kelsey's grade featured the various counties of New York and her's was Saratoga County. I was a proud mommy of both of my girls and the job they each did!!
Back to France!!!!
In 2013, during my trip to Paris, I ventured outside the city with the FAM to Giverny and the seaside town of Honfleur.
Let's take a look at each of these destinations!
16 Fun Facts about Giverny, France
1. Giverny is a village in the Upper Normandy region of northern France.
2. Giverny sits on the "right bank" of the River Seine where the river Epte meets the Seine.
3. The village lies 80 km from Paris, west and slightly north, in the old province of Normandy. It is officially in the département of Eure, in the région of Haute-Normandie.
4. Claude Monet, one of the most admired painters in the world, moved to Giverny in 1883 with his family, including his second wife and 8 children, until his death in 1926. The town has become synonymous with the artist.
5. Long before Monet decided to make this town his principal residence, Giverny had already possessed a charm that attracted artists and city-folk in search of some rest and relaxation.
6. The artist’s former home and elaborate gardens, where he produced his famed water lily series, are now the Fondation Claude Monet museum.
7. Nearby the artist's former home is the Musée des impressionnismes Giverny highlights the Impressionist art movement.
8. The cultivation of grapes has been an occupation of the inhabitants of Giverny since Merovingian times.
9. The village has remained a small rural setting with a modest population (numbering around 301 in 1883 when Monet discovered it) and has since seen a boom in tourism since the restoration of Monet's house and gardens.
10. Beginning around 1887, a number of American Impressionist artists settled to work in Giverny, drawn by the landscapes, the overall atmosphere, and the presence of Monet.
11. Claude Monet's property at Giverny (house and gardens), left by his son to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1966, became a Museum opened to public visit in 1980 after completion of large-scale restoration.
12. Giverny owes its name to its Latin counterpart, Giverniacum, which dates back to almost 1,600 years.
13. The very first historical traces of Giverny go back to the Merovingian era (481-575 AD) when Charles II the Bald officially recognized and thereby gave possession of Giverny to monks ordained at the Saint-Denis-le-Ferment Abbey.
14. As a master gardener, horticulturist, and colorist, Monet perfected his style of blending multitudes of flower and foliage colors, textures, and shapes.
15.Monet He redesigned, adjusted, and developed his garden, perfecting nature’s compositions and enabling him to capture glorious moments that shaped his impressionistic art.
16. Monet repeated color, plants, and architectural accents, which makes a big impact as opposed to using random dots of color here and there.
Now, let's take a look at Honfleur!!
16 Fun Facts About Honfleur, France
1. Honfleur is a city in northern France's Lower Normandy region, strategically located at the mouth of the Seine, and just across the river is the larger town of Le Havre.
2. Its Vieux-Bassin (old harbor), lined with 16th- to 18th-century townhouses, has been a subject for artists including Claude Monet and native son Eugène Boudin.
3. Ferries arrive in Le Havre from Portsmouth in the United Kingdom and many tourists access Honfleur across the bridge connecting the two cities.
4. Since the 9th Century, France, England and Scandinavia have vied for the coast of Normandy -- including the village of Honfleur.
5. Saint Catherine's Church is a vaulted wooden structure built by shipbuilders beginning in the mid-1400s.
6. Saint Catherine's is the largest wooden church in France.
7. Vikings invaded and then settled the area, and in 911, France ceded the region to the Norsemen, later known as Normans.
8. In around 1050, Normandy became the center of a French-English tug of war during the Hundred Years War.
9. France gained permanent control in 1450 and Honfleur became a thriving commercial center.
10. During the 19th century, Honfleur became an artist colony, and the natural charm of the region attracted many painters including Eugène Boudin, Courbet, Millet, Monet, Français, Achard, Jongkind, Monet and Hamelin.
11. For several decades, the best landscape painters of the age belonged to the "Honfleur School."
12. The Eugene Boudin Museum honors native son Boudin who exposed Claude Monet to open air painting.
13. Honfleur was and remains a fishing and shrimping center.
14. Every Fall, Honfleur is home to the Fête de la Crevette, the town's Shrimp Festival. The all-day festivities center around the port and include a shrimp-peeling competition.
15. The Fête des Marins (Sailors' Festival) takes place each June. Local sailors decorate their boats with flowers and sail to the estuary for a priest's blessing. The following day, the entire town parades up to the Chapelle Notre Dame de Grâce for a Catholic mass and festival.
16. Honfleur was the birthplace of numerous navigators, sailors and captains. Samuel de Champlain (born in Brouage) organised several departures from Honfleur to Canada - particularly in 1608 with the founding of Quebec.
If you haven't already caught my Throwback Thursday story, please click the link!!
Honfleur: A Charming French Seaside Town
Please catch up on Tanya's side and her day yesterday in Honfleur!!!
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