Giverny Travel Guide

  • Monet's vivid gardens
    Monet's vivid gardens
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    The Water Gardens
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  • The waterlilies
    The waterlilies
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Giverny Things to Do

  • Claude Monet's Gardens - Clos Normand

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I guess this is the most well known of Monet's garden. Just like many of us Photographer's, Monet, the Artist, was fascinated by the play of light and reflections of clouds on the water. He liked it so much, that in 1893 he acquired land at the bottom of the Clos Normand and created a Lake which then became his "water garden." He built a Japanese...

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  • Claude Monet House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Of course, if you go to Monet's gardens, then you get to see Monet's House as this is included in the price. I found that most of the Tourist's were in the garden so the House wasn't crowded at all. No photo's were allowed. When Monet arrived in Giverny in 1883, the house looked different to what it is now. What I was seeing today, is just how...

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  • Claude Monet Water Lily Pond

    If the Japanese Bridge is familiar through frequent reproduction so too are the Lily Ponds which provided the subject matter for Monet's mamoth work - the collection of Nymphéas. For this project he had built a special studio, with curved walls large enough on which create the huge paintings destined for the oval halls at the Orangerie in the...

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  • Claude Monet's Tomb

    Up in the cemetary behind the old church on the edge of Giverny village is the gravestone marking where the Impressionist artist Claude Monet is buried. A visit to this churchyard was interesting not only to see his and his family's burial site and memorial but also the tributes to those killed in the area during the conflicts of War World 2.

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  • Claude Monet Museum

    Crossing a tunnel under the road D5, you arrive to the JARDIN D'EAU. Monet brought this land in 1895 when he was very famous so he could create a small lake and to plant the Nynpheas. Over the lake he built a Japanese Bridge which you can see in many of his paintings.

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  • Japanese Bridge

    You must see, and perhaps walk over, what must be one of the most famous bridges in the world. It is reproduced for Calendars, birthday cards, umbrellas, chocolate boxes and biscuit tins ... and more. The strong overgrowth above, below and all around, creates a a kind of tropical feel - particularly on this very damp, humid day. It was here in...

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  • Museum of American Arts

    "A century ago, American artists working together int the impressionist style formed a colony in Giverny, home to Claude Monet. In homage to historic presence, the MAAD has welcomed visitors to discover American art from 1750 to the present since 1992." The museum is closed between November and March!

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  • Foundation Claude Monet

    A visit to The Foundation of Claude Monet is a treat for impressionist fans. The home has been restored beautifully containing photos of the man himself, walls painted as vibrantly as his garden and copious Japanese prints that Monsieur Monet was so fond of.

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  • Hotel Baudy

    After Monet became an established artist, he influenced many American artists with his style of painting. Many of them (Sargent, Metcalf, Ritter, Taylor, and Wendel) made their way down to Normandy, met up with Monet and hung out at this placed called Hotel Baudy. Of course, they lived there too since Monet himself was not a hospitable host! In...

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  • Talk a walk through Giverny

    The first time we visited Giverny, the line to get into Monet's House and Gardens was so long we decided to come back on another trip, Since we were there and had a parking place, we decided to walk around Giverny.It is a beautiful stone village with flowers in every possible place. I'm a great fan of hollyhocks and there was an abundance. We found...

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  • Visit the Giverny Museum of...

    The Giverny Museum of Impressionisms, formerly the Musee d'Art Americain in Giverny, is the "other" big draw in this small village. The thing we enjoy most is visiting the gardens outside the museum. They are constantly changing. However, they are presented in a series of gardens, each in a different color. You will surely find one to your...

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  • MONET'S HOUSE

    Of course, if you go to Monet's gardens, then you get to see Monet's House as this is included in the price. I found that most of the Tourist's were in the garden so the House wasn't crowded at all. No photo's were allowed.When Monet arrived in Giverny in 1883, the house looked different to what it is now. What I was seeing today, is just how it...

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Giverny Hotels

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  • La Musardiere

    123, rue Claude Monet, Giverny, 27620, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Les Bords De Seine Hotel

    21 rue du Dr Duval, La Roche-Guyon, Ãile-de-France, 95780, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • La Reserve

    Giverny, 27620, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Giverny Restaurants

  • Do not try to eat here

    Well I can't give an opinion on the food as we never managed to get served. We were there for over an hour and politely asked for service several times in both English and French (one person with us had native speaker fluency) and the staff always seemed like they would help but the most we ever got was a menu. We left without as much as getting a...

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  • Good French farm fare

    Some locals we met at the bus stop told us about this place and we followed them there. It's a very homely kind of place, an old farm turned restaurant. There was an hors d'hoeuvres buffet inside and I had the steak au poivre which was amazing. All of it inexpensive as well.

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  • Lunch?

    The restaurant is just inside the entrance to the Museum of American Art by the shop. It serves full meals or you can sit in the terrace or int he garden and simply have a coffee. On;y had coffee, but the menu looked very smart.

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  • Sandwich or Hot Dog

    After a walk around the gardens it is nice to have a sit down and a snack for lunch. Opposite the main entrance to the Monet House & Gardens is a little window next to the flower shop selling simple snacks, sandwiches and hotdogs and a drink.The Parisian (cheese and ham) hits the spot when breakfast was 5 hours before!

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  • Garden Restaurant in Giverny

    The outside patio was very comfortable and the salads were excellent as well as filing. The service could have been a bit faster and the waiters were, well they were French. nuff said.

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  • But eat here

    Very nice dinner; reasonably priced and good service; one of the only places open at night. Very different from my other eating experiences in Giverny - read my other restaurant tip We all had good food

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Giverny Transportation

  • Book a package tour by Motor coach

    Another way to visit Monet's house and gardens is to book a package through a tour company. We enjoyed a comfortable motor coach ride to and from Giverny with a knowledgable tour guide who provided us with information about the house and gardens and also told us stories about Monet and his paintings on the way there.The tour was a half day tour, so...

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  • Getting to Giverny by train

    A train trip to Giverny from Paris is fairly easy, though the train station is not right in Giverny. You actually take the train from Paris - Gare Saint Lazare and get off at Vernon, where you can take a bus, taxi or even rent a bike.The trip from Paris to Vernon takes about 45 minutes in total and costs around 12 €.

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  • Giverny from Paris

    Here's a suggestion for a day trip from Paris: http://giverny.org/tour/ And here's how you get to Giverny on your own by train: http://giverny.org/transpor/ You take a direct train from Paris St. Lazare to Vernon (note: the direct train takes about 45 minutes, taking another makes the journey considerably longer from 2-3 hours!). From Vernon to...

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Giverny Shopping

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    by angiebabe Updated Oct 23, 2010

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    Theres an excellent range of everything you could think of to buy here that could possibly depict Monet or his gardens - and anything that could possibly be monogrammed and sold as a souvenir - so things like mousemats, pens, umbrellas, fridge magnets, caps and hats and baby bibs and all that sort of thing - but also beautiful prints of his paintings - framed or unframed, cards and notecards....

    Each time Ive visited Ive been tempted to at least look all around the shop at all the lovely items available.....the first time I was there I remember spending far too much!

    But prices are really quite reasonable - but if you are travelling low budget at least go for the cheapie things and take something home with you!

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Giverny Local Customs

  • The Interiors of Radegone Church...

    These are the interiors of The Sainte Radegone Church captured by me.The church has a Romanesque origin but was modified to the Gothic style during the 15th century.It is dedicated to Saint Radegone who was reputed to cure scabies.

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  • The Interiors of Radegone Church...

    These are the interiors of The Sainte Radegone Church captured by me.The church has a Romanesque origin but was modified to the Gothic style during the 15th century.It is dedicated to Saint Radegone who was reputed to cure scabies.

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  • The Interiors of Radegone Church...

    These are the interiors of The Sainte Radegone Church captured by me.The church has a Romanesque origin but was modified to the Gothic style during the 15th century.It is dedicated to Saint Radegone who was reputed to cure scabies.

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Giverny Warnings and Dangers

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    by kathymof Updated Jul 17, 2005

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    The cafes in Giverny, especially those near the gardens, can charge very high prices. Don't just order blindly - check the prices. I had a diet coke that was 6 euro 50 and just about fainted. There are few options so if you are on a budget I suggest bringing food with you - there did not appear to be any stores around where you could buy food to put toghether your own meal so buy it someplace else.

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Giverny Off The Beaten Path

  • The return hike is downhill!

    Feeling a need to stretch our legs, we headed up Rue du Grand Val. I said up as up is the only way it goes. Not sure how far it is to the top, I'd guess a mile or so. Nice strenuous hike that culminated in vast fields of canola in bloom at the top. The good news is the return is downhill al the way. Some residents came over to the road to greet us...

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  • VERNON'S OLD MILL

    This "Old Mill" is as "pretty as a picture!"Look at the photo, and try to imagine the "Middle Ages" when there were already five mills on the bridge to grind the corn. Today, only this one mill remains. This 16th century Mill was powered by the river's flow and could be lowered or raised depending on the water level.Many "incidents" happened here,...

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  • TOURELLES CASTLE

    After departing Giverny, we followed the road to Vernon. Located on this side of the River is Tourelles castle, which was built during the middle age's. It was a bridgehead meant to defend the town of Vernon which was situated at the border of the crown lands and the Duchy of Normandy.It is OLD ....In 1196, it was thought of and then built to stop...

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Giverny Favorites

  • Giverny is closed on Mondays...

    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...

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  • Claude Monet's garden in Giverny

    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...

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  • Begin with the house ...

    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..http://www.fondation-monet.com/ Standing in the yellow dining room where so many wonderful meals were presented and consumed..A wonderful book is MONET'S...

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