Situated in the old province of Normandy 80km from Paris, Giverny is a charming French commune that’s famously known as the home of the French impressionist painter, Claude Monet (1840-1926). While Paris is certainly not lacking in impressionist artwork, a trip to Giverny gives you a chance to see how the artistic and philosophical movement’s founder drew his inspiration from the natural world.
The Fondation Claude-Monet, a charming pink brick house surrounded by idyllic gardens, was once the dwelling where this prolific artist blossomed as a painter, gardener and photographer.
You won’t find much of his original work here but a tour of his lounge, workshop and private apartments will show you how Monet drew his artistic inspiration. You will especially admire his beautiful collection of Japanese engravings and magical gardens that are testament to a botanical genius.
Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Musée des Impressionismes, too, which explores the origins and development of the popular artistic movement, and also puts on temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Fondation Claude-Monet: :
84 rue Claude Monet, 27620,Giverny
Opening times: April 1st- November 1st, 09.30-18.30
Musée des Impressionismes :
99 rue Claude Monet, 27620, Giverny
Opening times: April 1st-October 31st, 10.00-18.00
Getting there :
Transilien (SNCF train) from Saint-Lazare to Vernon (45 mins), then shuttle bus/taxi upon arrival (5 mins)
Lodgis Tip: This charming village is a little further afield, so we’d recommend you make a day of it!