Fondation Claude Monet, Giverny

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Your visit to Fondation Claude Monet starts in a little blue sitting room painted with that same colors that Monet chose. Restorations include period decorations, such as cement tiles made in Rouen, brightly painted furniture, and copper pots that contrast the cheerful blue walls of the large kitchen. Throughout the house, you'll see Monet's personal collection of over 200 Japanese woodblocks and works of art by his Impressionist contemporaries. When you stroll across the Japanese bridge, commissioned by Monet, admire the water lilies rising from the pond, which were also inspired by Japanese garden design. Low hedges separate the garden's plots, each with its own theme, harmony, shape, composition, and color palette. Look out for rare plant varieties and wisteria planted by Monet himself. Put Fondation Claude Monet on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Giverny travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    After the 3rd visit, I don't get tired of this place. The entrance is at a reasonable price. Easy to Park thanks to the huge, free parking. The huge downside is that we can't enjoy this peaceful place quietly: too many people. We absolutely must limit the number of visitors per day. We walk one behind the other. Most walk in a garden. But I recommend this tour if you like nature. As well as the village which is lovely.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Good experience, although there were too many people. For 10 euro be worth much worth, a triumph of flowers of all kinds and a nice refreshing walk
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  • August 17, 2017
    The gardens are beautiful. The Waterlilly Pond is pretty, but better late afternoon once the lillies have opened. Be prepared to take lots of photos  more »
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  • June 7, 2017
    This place is so beautiful. I have come here for my most special birthday and 2 other times just because I love it here. The restaurant outside is nice to stop by first and have lunch. The line is usually long... so have your partner wait while you explore the other beautiful gardens down the street! That's what I do!! Love the feeling here with any type of weather. The rain, wind, sunshine... it's all beautiful and gives off the spirit of Monet!
  • July 25, 2017
    Monets garden is really worth a visit. Even on a dull morning in the rain it looked lush and colourful. We arrived about 12 and the queues were already long so it was worth pretty booking our tickets. You need to go in via the 'group' entrance. It was quite crowded but still wonderful to get a glimpse at his life and what inspired him. I loved it. Be aware that you will have to pay the full adult price for children over 14.
  • August 30, 2017
    Arrived at 14.00 and there were only a few people waiting. Entry fairly quickly involved brief check of bags and notified that no picnic in garden allowed. Garden and all planting was fabulous well stocked and the lily pond and bridges just as imagined. There were quite a lot of selfie sticks around which was a bit tedious at times especially in the house! Well worth visiting and not too expensive.
  • July 5, 2017
    This was the highlight of my whole trip to France. The countryside is beautiful, definitely ride a bike from the train station. The house is well preserved and aesthetically pleasing. The garden is more beautiful than the paintings captured. The whole surround village is also gorgeous to explore. I got there as early as I could with a train trip from Paris and didn't wait in line for long. After I was in the house there was a longer line to enter.
  • August 15, 2017
    Lovely to see the gardens and pond that inspired Monet. Also great to see what kind of house he lived in and the pictures he chose to surround himself with - Japanese prints. Inevitably lots of people on a Sunday afternoon in August but the car parking is free and plentiful and routing through the gardens spreads the volume.

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Though you can easily explore Giverny from a comfortable hotel base in Paris, consider giving this small village its proper due by booking your rooms at a local inn. The village once served a rural retreat for Claude Monet, and today provides an ideal starting point for a leisurely exploration of Upper Normandy. Despite its small size, Giverny boasts several hotels and luxurious B&Bs, nestled in a quiet country setting just a short walk from Monet's famous gardens and the city's museum of Impressionist art.
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