Monet’s Giverny, France

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I was in my element

A black and white profile shot of a bust of Claude Monet that stands in the gardens of Giverny, Normandy

The Claude Monet bust

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

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

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 a black and white poster of  Claude Monet enjoying his gardens in Giverny

A picture of Claude Monet

The Home

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

Claude Monet's home in Giverney from the gardens.

In front of the house

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.

Standing by a flower bed of pinks & reds in Claude Monet's gardens looking towards the main house.

Through the gardens to the house

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.

A collection of works adorn the salon in Claude Monet's home alongside a bureau with a view onto his gardens in Giverny.

The salon

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 traditional range cooker in the blue and white tiled kitchen of Claude Monet's home.

The kitchen stove

Copper pans and pots are hanging on the wall in the kitchen of Claude Monet's home.

Copper pans

The dining area in Claude Monet's home with a simple table and chairs in a pale yellow colour.

The dinning table

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 from the first floor of Claude Monet's home to his gardens in Giverny.

Looking down on the gardens

Clos Normand

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

A view of Claude Monet's gardens that appear prediminately green on a grey day.

Deep in the gardens

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

A view of some flowers in the garden of Claude Monet's home in Giverny.

The garden

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Water Lilies

People flock to the wisteria-covered green bridge across the lily ponds in Claude Monet's gardens in Giverny, Normandy

The bridge and,wysteria

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

Looking across the lily ponds in Claude Monet's gardens in Giverny on a grey day in July.

Across the lily pond

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.

The view across the lily pond to a green footbridge in the distance in Claude Monet's gardens in Giverny, Normandy

A bridge in the distance

Looking through the leaves of a weeping willow tree across a lily pond towards a green bridge in the distance in Claude Monet's gardens in Giverny on a grey day in July.

Peeking through to the lily pond

Moored up

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

A small rowing boat sitting on the shoreline of one of the ponds in Claude Monet's gardens in Giverny, Normandy

The moored boat

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

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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.

A traditional french street sign of white text on a blue enamel background for the Rue Claude Monet in Giverny
Rue Claude Monet
The very picturesque Hotel Baudy decorated with window boxes in the quaint town of Giverny

Hotel Baudy, Giverny

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 family plot in the graveyard of the Monet family, including the last resting place of Claude, in the Église Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny

The last resting place

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.

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