it's the inspiration of many of Claude Monet's works! His home, gardens, and Japanese bridge are all magnificent!
I would love to spend a week here, with that as base and make day trips. I stayed at a very nice B&B I found by merely driving up and down the little lanes. Across the river is larger town with all the accoutrements you would expect from a decent sized village - including a post office and laundromat!
Fondest memory: spending the day here with my friend William in 1999. My recent visit was pleasant as well, but Monet's house and gardens were closed.
We visited Giverny briefly only to tour the home and gardens of French impressionist painter, Claude Monet. The town of Giverny is a fairly modest size, located on the Seine between Rouen and Paris in north-western France.
Monet's garden, which was his private residence in France, is open publically for tours. It's here in his garden that inspired his many famous paintings of the impressionist movement, such as Water Lilies and The Japanese Bridge. I was there in October of 1994 during autumn, so I was fortunate enough to see the leaves changing colour. The golds, ambers and deep reds were beautiful constrasts to the deep green hues of the other vegetation. I could only imagine what it would be like here in the midst of spring!
Although there are no major Monet paintings in the house at Giverny, the house gives an insight into the aesthetic of Monet's life. He took great interest in cooking.
Fondest memory: Standing in the yellow dining room where so many wonderful meals were presented and consumed.
A wonderful book is MONET'S TABLE:
Fondest memory: Doesn't this look like something out of a painting? Perhaps a painting by Claude Monet? Well, there's a very good reason for thinking so. I took this photo at Claude Monet's garden in Giverny, just outside of Paris. These are the gardens that surrounded Monet's house, which inspired him to create many of his well known pieces. The waterlilies in the pond are the same waterlilies featured in his paintings of the same name. While at Giverny, you can also tour Monet's house and his art studios.