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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. 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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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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  • Awesome small group tour guide Pamela was fantastic and very welcoming our group of 5 were taken to Versailles and Monets garden in Giverney. Lunch was included. Highly recommend  more »
  • What a wonderful afternoon in a spectacular garden. Well worth the train and bus trip. Read up before coming on the train to make sure you know how to get there. The house is amazing. Water lilies we'...  more »
  • I went late May and it was crowded. Weather was in the upper 70's. Spoke with a person who had gone in April who stated the gardens were also beautiful then.  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Seeing the famous Lily ponds and the two boats featured in Monet's paintings. The garden is magnificent. The house was well worth the visit. Replicas of the famous paintings set the scene. Lovely eateries close by. Pays to prebook tickets to beat the queues
  • This is a particularly great place for people who enjoy the outdoors and flowers. The garden was perhaps a little lacking in places for ppl to sit and enjoy the garden but it's not their fault they have so many visitors. 10/10 would go again.
  • What a beautiful and bucolic place. If it weren't for the massive amount of tourists I couldbgave stayed here for hours. It's easy to see Monet's inspiration for so many of his most famous works.