Most famously known as the home of French artist Claude Monet’s house and garden, Giverny is a picturesque village in France approximately 45 minutes north of Paris. With a population of about 500 residents, very few vehicles and an idyllic location on the banks of the River Seine this quaint village feels like a step back in time.
The village is a garden lovers paradise, everywhere you look there are plants, flowers and vines adorning the buildings and homes and of course there is the main attraction – Monet’s Garden. There are references to the famous artist everywhere throughout the town and while it can at times feel touristy (over half a million tourists visit each year!) it has still managed to maintain its quaint village feel.
There are plenty of small cafes, gift stores and antique shops to explore and on a sunny day there is nothing better than lunch in the garden terrace at Hotel Baudy enjoying the pretty views across the valley.
We recommend planning for a full day in Giverny in order to have plenty of time to visit the gardens, wander through the village and enjoy a relaxed lunch. For more information about the village visit here and to learn more about the different seasons in Monet’s Garden this book is a useful reference guide.