An excursion from Paris to Giverny and Monet’s house is now a must do in Paris Region.
Claude Monet, the master of impressionism, lived for 43 years in a house with a pink crushed-brick facade surrounded by wonderful gardens. It was all restored and opened to the public many years ago.
Born in 1840, the French impressionist painter Monet, was a brilliant innovator. He excelled in representing the effects of lights at different times of the day. He is mostly known for his series of painting of the Rouen Cathedral and water lilies.
Leaving Poissy (in Paris suburbs) , Monet came to this town in Normandy in 1883. He took a small railway linking Vetheuil to Vernon, discovering the village at a point where the Epte stream joined the nearby Seine.
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Many celebrities came to visit him in his home also called Le Pressoir. Among them Clemenceau, Cézanne, Rodin, Renoir, Degas and Sisley enjoyed his company and the good cooking.
At the death of Monet in 1926, his son Michel, inherited the house but he left it abandoned until it decayed in ruins. The gardens almost became a jungle inhabited by river rats. In 1966 Michel Monet died, leaving the house to the Beaux Arts Academy.
It wasn’t until 1977 that Gerald Van der Kamp, who restored Versailles, decided to work on Giverny. It was mostly restored with gifts from American benefactors, especially Mrs. Lila Acheson Wallace, head of Reader’s Digest, who contributed of $1 million.
Guests can stroll through the garden with its thousands of flowers, including the nympheas. You cross a Japanese bridge hung with wisteria to a dreamy setting of weeping willows and rhododendrons. Monet’s studio barge was installed on the pond.
Don’t Miss at Giverny
- Le Pressoir – Monet’s house
- Monet’s Gardens
- The Japanese bridge
- Monet’s Museum
How to get in Giverny from Paris
You can use a car taking the Autoroute A13 toward Rouen.
You can also take the train to Vernon and then take a Shuttle to Giverny
The best way to visit the city is to have a guided tour of Giverny and Monet’s gardens. Many companies offer intersting guided tours to visit the impressionist city.
You can do a simple tour or opt for a combo with other famous excursions like Versailles on DDay beaches.
An other interesting package is the impressionism road tour.