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Paris Day Trip : Monet’s Giverny gardens

Day Trip to Giverny  - April/October - Tuesday/Sunday

catacombs catacombes    Monet’s garden in Giverny is a class of its own. The artist lived in Giverny from 1883 until his death in 1926, and his garden, stretching from his house down to the river, were considered by many of his friends to be his greatest masterpiece. He planted his garden so that each month a different colour would dominate. Similarly, each of the rooms, with his collection of japanese prints hung exactly as monet left them, were decorated in different colours. The best time to visit are May and June, where the Rhododendrons flowers round the lily pond and the wisteria winds over the japanese bridge. But in any month from spring to autumn you’ll be overwhelmed by the beauty of the garden’s arrangement of shades and shapes.
    Giverny is some way out of Paris – 65 km – in the direction of Rouen. Without a car, the easiest approach is by train to Vernon from Paris Saint-Lazare (45mn – 3 daily). Buses meet each train for the six kilometres ride to the garden. Alternatively, you could rent a bike or walk. You’ll need to cross the river and turn right on the D5. Take care as you enter Giverny to follow the left fork, otherwise, you’ll make a long detour to reach the garden entrance.
    Monet’s house and garden have spawned a couple of expensive cafes and restaurants in the village, as well as the Musee d’Art Americain. The display is changed annually and is taken from the Terra Foundation for the Arts collection which represents a wide range of periods from american art. The main interest for a visitor to Giverny is likely to be the american impressionist collection, which included a few Sargents.  

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