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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. Add Fondation Claude Monet to your Giverny travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Giverny trip itinerary planner.
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  • The gardens were unbelievably beautiful and I was in complete awe the whole time! It was busy but quiet enough to freely move about and view the garden properly. The house was a little more crowded... 
    The gardens were unbelievably beautiful and I was in complete awe the whole time! It was busy but quiet enough to freely move about and view the garden properly. The house was a little more crowded...  more »
  • This was on the list for a few years and glad we made the trip out. Do know, it takes nearly a full day. Train is €32 return (pricey) , hired bikes at €10 (well worth it) and pre booked entry €14... 
    This was on the list for a few years and glad we made the trip out. Do know, it takes nearly a full day. Train is €32 return (pricey) , hired bikes at €10 (well worth it) and pre booked entry €14...  more »
  • We did a day trip from Paris to Giverny and had a wonderful experience. Took the train from Gare st Lazare to Vernon. Right outside the train station we hired bikes ( 10 euros per day per person) and....  more
    We did a day trip from Paris to Giverny and had a wonderful experience. Took the train from Gare st Lazare to Vernon. Right outside the train station we hired bikes ( 10 euros per day per person) and....  more »
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  • The gardens were exceptionally beautiful. I suppose the pleasure of one’s visit will be very dependent on time of year and what is in bloom. We were lucky and the place was vivid and overflowing with color. Walking the gardens was like being in an impressionist painting. The gardens are the highlight. I guess the house, itself, is interesting if you are a hardcore Monet fan. Hard to be sure what was truly , as is, when Monet lived there, ( paint, furniture, decor) versus what was more an inspired interpretation. Didn’t really feel like a “ snapshot” frozen in time, as much as, an inspired view into the past.
  • The house and garden where Monet spent his final years and painted some of his most famous pieces such as the water lilies or the bridge. An interesting visit and a good source of inspiration for artists. The village of Giverny itself is also quite cute despite the "tourist effect"
  • I've been to Giverny several times, but the best time to visit is the spring. The flowers are at their best. We were here late April and the gardens were spectacular! However, if you plan to visit the lili pads and see them in bloom then you have to come here in the summer in July or August.
  • Loved our time at the Monet Gardens. We drove and had our dog with us. We contacted Lilly Robert K9 (+33663816783) to watch our dog while we were in the gardens and it could not have worked out better. Highly recommend the gardens, and if you have a dog, reach out to Lilly so your dog doesn’t have to stay locked in your car!
  • There can be no doubt that this is a most beautiful place to visit, but I'd definitely recommend- *Book tickets in advance *Go outside of school/public holidays *Plan your visit for when the water lilies are in bloom! We went on Easter Sunday and it was VERY busy (fortunately I'd bought tickets in advance) and sadly the lake was bare- BUT it did not detract from the wonderful time we had. The village of Giverny is well worth a stroll around too if you can take in so much beauty in one day!

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