Monet’s Giverny, France

In Europe, Far, France, Our Journeys, Road Trips, Trip-Types by Janis0 Comments

I was in my element

The possibility of not going to Giverny while we was on our Normandy road trip was never an option.

I really enjoy art, and personally one of my favourite art movements is ‘Impressionism’, the likes of Degas, Renoir, Cezanne and of course Monet.

The Claude Monet bust, Giverny, Normandy, France

So, to be so close to the Claude Monet’s house and the infamous gardens with the water lily pond, was a must to visit.

A picture of Claude Monet, Giverny, Normandy, France

The Home

Claude Monet lived at this wonderful family residence for over 40 years from 1883 until his death in 1926.

In front of the house, Giverny, Normandy, France

You can easily see why he fell in love with the dusty pink house, swathed in green shutters and set within such tranquil surroundings, it’s so idyllic.

Through the gardens to the house, Giverny, Normandy, France

The population in the village of Giverny around the time would have only been about 300 residents. (Although still pretty quiet today, once all us visitors had disappeared).

Our Tip

Arrive as early as possible, it gets busy, and there can be long queues.

Come inside

As you wander through the rooms in Monet’s house, you do get a sense of a lived-in family home. The salon-studio was a particular favourite of mine, with examples of his works covering the walls.

The salon-studio, Giverny, Normandy, France

You get a feeling when you walk into the large sunny dining room and the blue & white ceramic tiled kitchen, that home life was important to him and his wife.

The kitchen stove, Giverny, Normandy, France
Copper pans, Giverny, Normandy, France
The dining table, Giverny, Normandy, France

But it’s not until you wander up to the floor above that you truly get to appreciate the beautiful views looking over the walled floral garden below.

Looking down on the gardens, Giverny, Normandy, France

Clos Normand

Not only was Claude Monet a fantastic painter he was also a pretty keen gardener.

Deep in the gardens, Giverny, Normandy, France

Evidence of this can be seen amongst the masses of flower beds in the Clos Normand (walled garden).

The gardens, Giverny, Normandy, France

Water Lilies

The bridge and wisteria, Giverny, Normandy, France

Then the pièce de résistance, the water lilies and the infamous Japanese bridge and creeping wisteria, flanked by the weeping willow.

across the lily pond, Giverny, Normandy, France

I know there are crowds around, but it is still peaceful, as everyone wants to be transported to that serene setting in Monet’s paintings.

A bridge in the distance, Giverny, Normandy, France
Peeking through to the lily pond, Giverny, Normandy, France

Moored up

Weaving along the paths the planting is amazing, and the fragrance from the flowers are uplifting.

The moored boat, Giverny, Normandy, France

Wandering around the main pond, the theme remains oriental, and there is an incredible swathe of bamboo.

Giverny village

Once you’ve visited Monet’s home, take a stroll through Giverny village.

It’s mainly pedestrianised and is a pleasant walk with a very ‘arty’ theme about it, as other artists resided, here not only Monet.

Rue Claude Monet, Giverny, Normandy, France
Hotel Baudy, Giverny, Normandy, France

You pass by some lovely French homes & boutiques, and you can also visit the Museum of Impressionism.

Off to Church

Gary knows me all too well, and I never pass up the opportunity to visit a historical cemetery. So, we make our way to Sainte-Radegonde Church at the end of the village, as this is the final resting place of Claude Monet and his family.

The last resting place, Giverny, Normandy, France

I particularly enjoyed the visit to Giverny & Monet’s home & if you are also a fan then be sure to squeeze it into your Normandy visit.

2017 Prices

Adult admission is €9.50 to visit the house & gardens in 2017 – Parking is free

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About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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Monet’s Giverny, France was last modified: August 3rd, 2017 by Janis