Program 395: Monet's Passion; the French House; Marrying an Italian
Release Date: 02-14-2015
Listen in as an artist who helped restore Monet’s gardens explains why the French painter first created these colorful gardens at his house outside Paris, and hear how renovating a house on an island off the coast of Brittany can feed your wild side. Then American tour guides let us in on what happens when you marry an Italian...and the in-laws live next door. And an adventure cyclist shares the story of a timely romantic surprise that came when he needed it most.
- Elizabeth Murray, author of "Monet's Passion in Full Bloom" (Pomegranate)
- Don Wallace, author of "The French House" (Sourcebooks)
- Ann Long, tour guide from Sorrento, Italy
- Lisa Anderson, tour guide from Lake Como, Italy
- Karen Kibby, tour guide from Livorno, Italy
- Elizabeth Murray has a blog and a gallery of her photography and paintings.
- The Giverny gardens are usually open between April 1 and November 1 each year and lists the flowers you can expect to be in bloom when you visit.
- The Orangerie in Paris was designed for Monet to display his famous "Water Lilies" paintings.
- Don Wallace has a nice quote from Meryl Streep about his book, "The French House."
- Don Wallace wrote about the summer of 1994 on Belle Île for the New York Times.
- The Wall Street Journal profiles Don Wallace's "The French House."
- Wikipedia has extensive information about Belle Île.
- Advice from the French-English publication The Connexion on restoring a house in Brittany in the traditional Breton style.
- Willie Weir shares tales of his bicycle travels.
- The Italian men's choir "Coro Voci del Baldo" is based in Verona.