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Giverny

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Giverny is a small French village 80 km to the west of the capital city Paris, within the valley of the river Seine and the northern region of Haute-Normandie. The village is best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (lived 1840-1926).

Understand

Monet moved to Giverny in 1883 with his family, including a mistress and 8 children, living and painting here until his death in 1926. The village surroundings and the gardens of his house formed a great part of the inspiration and subject matter for his paintings. It was after the move to Giverny that Monet began his famous Séries of paintings, repeatedly rendering haystacks, cathedrals and waterlilies from his garden pond in his own unique Impressionist style.

Get in

By car

Take the A13 from Paris to Bonnières, then the D201 - look for signs....

By train

Take the train from Paris Gare St-Lazare to Vernon (journey time 45 minutes), then take a taxi or bus (€1.90 single journey) to the village

By bus

Hotel tours

See

It is always best to arrive early in Giverny in order to avoid the throngs of bus-driven tourists who arrive later in the morning and keep coming all day....

  • Monet's House (Fondation Claude Monet) [1], 84 rue Claude Monet, tel 02 32 51 28 21, open April-October Tu-Su 10 am - 6 pm, admission €5.50 (€1.50 house; &euro:4 gardens), €3 students and seniors, under-7s free, wheelchair access available - the house is quietly eccentric and highly interesting in an Orient-influenced style. The real drawcard, of course, are the gardens around the house - the water garden with the Japanese bridge, weeping willows and waterlilies is now somewhat iconic. Monet's house has the obligatory gift-store attached, designed to help you part with your money in exchange for all manner of things Impressionist.
  • the Musée d'Art Américain Giverny [2], 99 rue Claude Monet, tel 02 32 51 94 65, open April - November Tu-Su (Th-Su in November) 10 am - 6 pm, admission €5, €4 students and seniors, €3 12-18s, under 12s free, wheelchair access available - this small museum features American artists influenced by Impressionism and has a good program of temporary exhibitions

Sleep

There are a number of bed & breakfast options in the village and surrounds. There's probably not enough in Giverny, however, to warrant a night over. The village would provide an ideal base for further exploration in the Haute-Normandie region of northern France.

Eat

There is a small restaurant attached to Monet's House (beware tourist trap prices and overcrowding) and a few reasonable options in the village. On a fine day, bringing a picnic lunch with you might be a better option.

Get out

In order to complete the Monet experience, travellers might like to journey on / back to Paris, where they can see further examples of his work at various venues.

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