Pat's Water Lilies

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Water Lilies


Claude Monet really liked water lilies. When he bought a house about an hour outside of Paris in Giverny, he diverted a stream and created a pond that he filled with these flowers.  The story goes that the neighbors got totally ticked off - they were dairy farmers, and they claimed that the lilies were messing with the taste of the water their cows were drinking downstream, and it made their cheese taste pretty weird.  OK.  We're in France.  All of their cheese tastes weird.  But the lily water drinking cows' cheese was said to be pretty awful.  

Anyway, Monet is said to have ignored his neighbors' complaints, and as a result there are some iconic paintings of his water lilies in museums and very rich people's homes around the world.  

The picture above is a photo that I took on a visit to his gardens.  This is his pond, and these are probably direct descendants of the lilies that he placed in the pond back in the day.  Pretty cool, huh?

When the pandemic is over and we can travel again, if you go to France, this is an amazing side trip from Paris.  Or you can visit the Orangerie, the galary where Monet's water lily panels are on display.   

Comments (17)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Pat I have always loved the impressionist painters and  Claude Monet was one of my favorites. I went to the impressionist museum in Paris and still have wonderful memories. So with that said you know I truly loved this post of your:) on a side note having been to three different Colleges before I always had either a Monet Poster or one of the other Impressionist hanging over my bed:)Endre

Sep 12, 2020 09:42 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, Patricia... love Claude Monet's work; then again, like Endre Barath, Jr. I'm a big fan of impressionism and loved going to the Musee d'Orsay in Paris when we lived there... it never got old.

Sep 13, 2020 04:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Haha, "All of their cheese tastes weird." Funny

I didn't know this story, very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Sep 13, 2020 05:10 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good morning Pat. We had planned our first visit to France for May of this year, and one of the excursions that most excited me was a visit to Giverny. Not to be, at least not this year.

Ineresting story about the poor tasting cheese due to water lilies upstream.

Sep 13, 2020 06:01 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't see water lilies very often, but I really like the look of them as well.

Sep 13, 2020 06:05 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Patricia Kennedy as soon as I saw those lilie pads, I thought of "large mouth bass"..... LOL

Sep 13, 2020 06:27 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Pat - your words and photo in this post combine to create a respite from what is happening around us.  A nice moment.  

Sep 13, 2020 07:01 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

We are big fans of Impressionism and Monet.  Loved our visit to Giverny a few years ago.  And the Quai d'Orsay is one of our favorite museums. A

Sep 13, 2020 07:27 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Pat:

We haven't seen Monet's garden but have enjoyed his paintings in Paris on more than one occasion - they are stunning. We are big fans of Impressionism. Makes me want to get to Paris again soon!


Sep 13, 2020 12:37 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia who would have imagined that water lilies would cause the cheese, and probably the milk as well to have a funny taste.

Sep 13, 2020 04:21 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Pat- I am reading this backward. Well actually I saw this title but started to read the post (Monets Neighbor's Cows) and decided I needed to read this post first. Interesting thought about lilies and the way the milk tasted. 

Sep 13, 2020 07:01 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OH, I love this, Pat - and I love that you're back!! I laughed aloud at your comment about French cheeses - and the lily-water-drinking-cows! Hilarious and I appreciate you sharing the story - I did not know that one!

As for travel - I  C A N N O T  W A I T  to travel again!!! ✈️ 🚣‍♀️ 🚂 

Sep 13, 2020 07:58 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Endre, whenever I go to the D'Orsay, I feel like I'm dropping by to meet old friends.  About ten years ago, I went with my artist mother, and she had wonderful stories about so many of the artists and models.  It was a great education.

Sep 13, 2020 08:05 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Nina, the D'Orsay is my favorite museum in Paris.  The art is fabulous, and the building itself is pretty amazing.

Sep 13, 2020 08:06 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Kat, when I lived in New York, I had a roommate who was a stewardess, and she would smuggle in French cheese - she called one of them "foot cheese" and it was pretty intense!

Sep 13, 2020 08:08 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jeff, there are two places that I really loved that were outside of the city.  One was the cafe where Renoir painted "The Luncheon of the Boating Party".  I had lunch there with a friend and it was just amazing.  The second was the visit to Monet's home and it's garden.  There were still direct descendents of his cats and chickens wondering around.  

The cafe is a quick ride on the Metro.  The gardens are further away, accessed by a car.

Sep 13, 2020 08:13 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

George and Kathy, if I were a dairy farmer, I'd be more upset about the taste of the milk - if milk is off, it can be nasty.  Cheese can be nasty, but in France that seems to be the idea.

Sep 13, 2020 08:15 PM