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