Giverny a commune in northern France well known for Claude Monet’s garden and home. Visiting Giverny and the Monets garden is a popular day trip from Paris. We were visiting Paris for the third time, this time our plan was to visit the royal palace of Versailles from Paris on a day trip and with one more day at hand Giverny easy fell on the list.
Before starting with the tour of the garden we decided to stop by a restaurant near the bus station for some light breakfast. We discovered that the owner had an interest in currency notes collection donated by the tourist customers, we were glad to add the Indian currency to the collection.
We started walking towards the garden through the calm and quaint village that had spring blossom on every corner of the street which epitomized the passion of the painter who nurtured the nature.
We presented our online booked ticket at the entrance and walked through a souvenir shop into Monet’s garden. The first thing one can see is the Monets house on the right overlooking the large garden in front called Clos Normand. The garden had a variety of flowers plants with vivid hues amidst the plenitude of greens.
Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting. He bought a house overlooking the garden in Giverny, spent on collecting a variety of flower plants for his gardens and cherished them.
Monet lived in this house for forty-three years with his family. The barn next to the house became his first studio which today has replicas of Monet’s works. Above the studio, Monet had his own apartment where he could work and sleep. All the furniture, Ceramics, and kitchen in the house are recreated to give an impression of the bygone times.
Clos Normand did not interest us much, we crossed an underground passage to the other side to the water garden. Ten years after he bought the house in Giverny he designed a pond and a garden inspired by Japanese garden on the other side of the road. The water garden inspired Monet’s famous paintings of water lilies, flower beds, and the Japanese footbridge.
Monet’s garden is open from April until October and this the time when botanists, art lovers, and other garden enthusiasts flock to Giverny to visit Monet’s garden.
At the exit, we found a small chicken yard where we found this cute chicken smiling at us.
Best Time to Visit
Monet’s garden is open from April to October and is the time when vibrant embracing colors are blooming in abundance. The colors change gradually with the season but there is always something to wonder and admire the nature.
How to visit
There is no direct train service to Giverny. Take a 45 minutes train from Gare St. Lazare in Paris to Vernon. Then take a local bus from Vernon to Giverny which would take around 10 to 15 minutes. And then 5 minutes walk from the bus station.
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