A stunning sunlit path at Monet’s gardens in Giverny. The gardens offer a living textbook on color coordination.
Resuming my San Francisco theme, the Golden Gate Bridge is as iconic as the Eiffel Tower. Its color, International Orange, was chosen partly for its visibility in the fog — a frequently required feature.
This view of the bridge happens to be from San Francisco’s Legion of Honor museum, which has a significant Paris influence. The museum building is a scaled replica of the Légion d’Honneur in Paris, houses in its collection a Parisian salon interior from the 18th century, and even has a Louvre-like glass pyramid in its courtyard. Clearly I’m not the only one who feels you can never have too much Paris.
“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” — Claude Monet
The evidence of this is abundant when visiting Monet’s incredible gardens at Giverny. Row after row of the flower garden bursts and overflows with color coordinated blooms. And the water garden’s not too shabby either. Monet called his garden his most beautiful masterpiece, and I wouldn’t argue otherwise.
Sticking with yesterday’s desert theme, here is architect Albert Frey’s (second) home in Palm Springs. The house is perched in the mountains and brings the outdoors in, literally, with a large boulder jutting into the space. Rumor has it that Palm Springs City Hall called the design (or the architect) “crazy” due to the steep site selected — but apparently not crazy enough to prevent approval.