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The famous bridge in Monet's waterlilly pond at Giverny.

 

Giverny sits in a delightful section of the French countryside and the journey there has its own delights. Monet's home and gardens exist an almost shrine-like environment, but somehow it seems to befitting that this great master is so revered.

If you admire Monet's work, we recommend you visit Giverny, if only to see the famous water gardens.  If you visit the Orangerie  in Paris you will see Monet's  glorious Waterlily  ("Nymphaes") painting.  Other examples of painting from his gardens can be seen at the Marmatton Monet Museum, also in Paris.

Giverny

If you are a fan of Monet, you might want to consider a trip to his home at Giverny, which was not only his refuge and studio for over forty years. The grounds of his home in the Normandy countryside also served to provide the subject matter of many of his most famous paintings including the Nymphaes (Waterlilies), the Pont Japonais (the Japanese Bridge) among others.

This quaint, picturesque residence is surrounded by lush, formal gardens, including Monet’s famous Water Garden, complete with the green Japanese style bridge (a re-creation as the original bridge had fallen into disrepair before the garden was restored) . When the garden is in bloom the compound is spectacular, so try to plan your visit around spring and summer.

     The view of Monet's Garden at Giverny from his bedroom. Back entrance of Monet's home surrounded by a riot of colorful flowers

Monet’s home is a popular attraction, but the crowds do not seem to detract from the ambiance of the setting. There is a large gift shop containing a variety of Monet-related items. It does a brisk business and is a great place to wander.

Some areas of the interior of Monet's house are open for touring and should not be missed, especially the rooms devoted to his collection of Japanese prints. Most of the rooms at Giverny have been decorated to recreate the interior colors commonly used in the era when Giverny was Monet's main residence.

          The famed bridge during a mild, summer rain.

The village of Giverny is approximately midway between Paris and Rouen (about 75 kilometers from Paris) and is a convenient stop if you are on your way to Haute Normandy.  If you want to make this a daytrip with a return to Paris, you can take the train from the Gare St-Lazare to Vernon, the closest stop to Giverny, but you will need to take a bus or taxi to reach Monet's home).

     More detail of the water gardens at Giverny A lovely garden shop a few doors down from Monet's home

The countryside around Giverny is beautiful and you might want to consider renting a car for the trip. Ample parking is available for the residence. Giverny is open from the beginning of April to the end of October from 9:30 a.m. to  6 p.m. with the last admission at 5:30.

Visit the website of the Fondation Claude Monet for more information on visiting or reserving your tickets ahead of time.

While in Giverny  you might want to visit the Musee des Impressionnismes Giverny, which is located at 99, rue Claude Monet.   See the museum's website  for more details on visiting. (The website can be slow to resolve, so be prepared for a short wait.)

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