Giverny is world-renown for being the home of the famous impressionist painter, Claude Monet. While at first I was skeptical I was going to be lured into a tourist trap; the breath-taking beauty of Monet’s garden blew me away. Monet’s Garden is truly magnificent and has been kept up perfectly by the French Government. In summary, it is without a doubt, worth fighting the crowd. Typically, at the end of September, the weather is still nice and there is a bit less tourists. Trains run direct from Paris to Vernon, which is walking or biking distance from Giverny.
Activities overview: strolling, photography, museums, galleries, wandering, nature, flowers, Monet’s Garden, Monet’s house
Modes of Transport: walking, train, bus, car-rental, bicycle
Jardins de Monet and Jardin d’Eau- $ The ticket to get into the Gardens and house of Monet costs approximately 6 euro. It is fully worth the cost to see Monet’s impeccably maintained gardens, the Jardin d’Eau (Lily Pond) that inspired Monet’s Water Lilies Series.
Maison de Monet- $ The ticket to get into the Monet’s garden is the same ticket that allows you to enter his house as well. Monet’s house was bigger than I expected, has sweeping views of his gardens, and houses some of his original artwork.
Musée des Impressionismes Giverny- $ Located walking distance from the Maison et Jardins de Monet, the Impressionist Museum in Giverny houses many American Impressiont’s artwork. It costs approximately 6 euros to enter, and is a clean and nicely put together museum. There are also beautiful gardens, and fruit trees, outside of this museum to explore.
- Monet was born in Paris, but grew up in Le Havre region. He eventually moved to Giverny and built and grew his gardens by himself.
- Monet was not impressed by precision, but rather the immediate impression that a scene gave him. It wasn’t the details, but how it made you feel! I think he was a wise man.
Words don’t do it justice, and pictures would do you better? Click HERE to see some pictures that I took in Giverny!
**Note about all my “guides”: They are no where inclusive of everything possible to do in a certain city or country. They are simply places and things that I thought were really awesome, and things that I have personally tried or done. I do not put any information about things I have not done or tried myself. If there is different information in between guides, it is because I had a unique experience in each place. Please use my guides only as a reference, and then discover your OWN path and Helpless Wanderlust.