For art, history or garden lovers a trip to France would not be complete without a visit to the beautfiful gardens and homestead of artist Claude Monet in Giverny. The spectacular gardens, set across two acres in the French countryside, are where the Master of Impressionism painted some of his most famous works. There is a stunning array of flowers, walkways, meandering waterways and the famous bridge and lily ponds that appears in a number of his paintings.
Giverny is approximately 45 minutes from Paris by train (station is Gare St Lazare), you will need to alight at Vernon and from here take the little train at the front of the station that transports you to Giverny via the scenic route, highlighting places of interest along the way.
Tickets to enter the garden (9.50 euro for adults) can be purchased on the day at the entrance. The little village of Giverny is beautiful itself (we will do another blog post soon on the town) so we advise making sure you have at least an hour to wander around the town either before or after you visit the gardens.
We were surprised by the sheer variety of the plants and flowers in the gardens (particularly the stunning dahlias) and the peacefulness of this beautiful spot. The entry ticket allows you to wander around Monet’s family home (another post on this coming soon) and see how the artist lived. We recommend visiting during the shoulder season when the weather is still lovely and the flowers are in full bloom but the summer crowds have dispersed.