France countryside gem: Monet’s garden Giverny

August 5, 2019
Girl on green bridge at Giverny

Going to Monet’s garden and famous house was like being in a dream. I’d always loved his paintings of a green bridge over water lilies and I’ve now experienced the same vantage point as one of my favorite impressionist artists.

Water lily pond at Giverny

Girl in front of pink Giverny house

Girl on green bridge at Giverny

Logistically, it’s very easy to get to Giverny if you book a tour package through their site. The operator is ParisCityVision and they also offer other tours for Paris and the surrounding areas. You can book a part or full-day trip, which also included Versailles. We opted to just spend the morning at Giverny. We did pay extra for a guide, but I don’t recommend it. It’s easy enough to walk through the gardens on your own and it’s better to be able to set your own pace. Plus our guide just spoke to us on the coach ride up and I didn’t learn that much.

Girl sitting on bench in gardens at Giverny

When you arrive at Giverny it’s a short walk from the parking area through a darling countryside town to get to the estate. Once inside navigation is a breeze. We didn’t find it too crowded upon arrival since the tour started so early. You can walk through the entire house, complete with Monet’s furniture and replicas of his paintings. Monet had a large collection of Japanese prints (200+!), which are on display.

Monet's copper cooking pot collection at Giverny

Monet's sitting room with replicas of his paintings at Giverny

Monet's dining room in GivernyBedroom at Giverny

There are extensive gardens in front of the home full of beautiful flowers. We visited in April and many things were blooming, although I heard in summer growth explodes and it’s a jungle. However, the showstopper (in my opinion) is across the street – Monet’s zen garden. Upon entry you walk through tall bamboo until you get to the famous pond, complete with two bright green bridges and tons of lily pads. It was a little difficult to get unobstructed photos even though it wasn’t terribly crowded. I recommend allotting a good amount of time here so you can be patient and wait for people to move.

Monet's garden at Givernyview of Giverny Monet's house and gardens

If you’re planning a trip to Paris I highly recommend scheduling some extra time to visit this magical place. It is truly special and afterward you can visit Monet’s paintings in the Musée d’Orsay with the added dimension of personally recognizing just how he was able to capture his stunning property.

Water lily pond at Giverny

View of bamboo in Monet's zen garden at Giverny

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    August 18, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    That looks wonderful! My mum’s favourite artist is Monet and I’ve definitely got to take her here.

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    August 19, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I had the privilege of visiting Monet’s house a few years back! It’s such a pleasant area to visit and the home is gorgeous. Looks like the weather was perfect when you went too!

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    Alysa Tarrant
    August 19, 2019 at 11:21 am

    As many times as I’ve been to France I’ve never been to Monet’s garden! This will definitely be on my list when I’m (hopefully!) in Paris in October. It seems like a lovely day trip.

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    September 8, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Monets Garden is one of my favorite day trips from Paris. It’s so peaceful and green. I love the summer vibes but it looks spectacular during fall as well 🙂

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