this is the pilgrimage of all lovers of the impressionist painting school and especially of local leyend Claude Monet. this is his history and my hommage.
The House where Claude Monet lived from 1883 to 1926, is refitted as he lived it ,keeping the pink plaster, repainted in the colors of his palette (doors and Green Shutters; yellow bright chrome dining room decorated with prints Japanese from the 18th and 19th centuries the dominant blue, kitchen with its tiled walls of faience blue and white ceramic of Rouen, and sky blue lacquered furniture. Same for the garden, he diverted a branch of the Epte to power a pond crossed by the Japanese bridge. Collector of horticultural journals, he shows himself perfectionist for his garden: engaging up to seven gardeners, which is daily to remove drops of rain or dew on water lilies. When the death of Claude Monet, December 5, 1926, Michel, his only surviving son, inherits the property of Giverny, the paintings contained therein and the extensive collection of Japanese prints. Preferring running safaris in Africa, it is not attracted by the family home. White Monet-Hoschedé, daughter of Alice and widow of Jean, the eldest son of Monet, maintains the House and the garden, with the help of the head gardener Lebret. White died in 1947, the garden is almost abandoned and nature takes its rights...Michel Monet died in 1966 in a car accident. Without an heir, he bequeathed by will the property and the collections of Giverny at the Academy of fine arts.
In the House where lived Claude Monet for 43 years, you can visit:on the ground floor: "small blue room" (reading room), groceries (warehouse), salon-workshop, the dining room (on the walls, the collection of Japanese prints), and the kitchen (with the blue tiles, Rouen, a huge stove and copper utensils);on the first floor: the apartments private with Monet room, the Alice 's bedroom and their toilets.
In front of the House, the gardens recreated identically, consist of Clos Normand and water garden. Le Clos Normand has been shaped from the pictorial knowledge of Monet. When Monet moved to Giverny, it is conquered by the garden of one hectare constituted a apple orchard and a vegetable garden that runs along the House. A large driveway lined with Cypress and spruce leads to the arch door, and beds are lined with boxwood. He devoted years to the Clos Normand . It is remove the boxwood and the spruce and replaces them with metal poles. He plants the garden of thousands of flowers according to a rectilinear plan, including nasturtiums, roses, daffodils, tulips, daffodils, iris, poppies East and peonies.
The work of Monet testifies to a passion for the play of light and reflections of clouds on the water. In 1893, he acquired a plot of land at the bottom of the Clos Normand, who became the 'water garden' passed to posterity, especially with water lilies, he created a monumental canvases in 1897. The water garden reflects the fascination of Monet for Japan. He built a Japanese bridge painted green and is planted with Orientals such as bamboo, Ginkgo biloba, maples, arbusives of the Japan peonies, lilies and weeping willows. Finally, Monet plant of water lilies at the bottom of the basin. The water garden was of the beginning the subject of constant and meticulous care, occupying a gardener full-time.
The major part of the work of Claude Monet is preserved at the Musée Marmottan Monet (Paris 16éme). On the other hand the House of Monet hosts over 200 prints by ukiyo-e, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries including major works by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Monet passion for Japanese art prints dates back to his years of artistic training in le Havre and is visible in some of the aesthetic choices made at Giverny, including at the water garden. Prints the most famous include one of the copies of the great wave of Kanagawa and the Mount Fuji of Hokusai.
One of the best in Normandy for sure. A must to see
born out of rivalty between the kings of France and the Dukes of Normandy that became kings of England. The Cathedral as a building was first mentioned in 912AD by Guillaume de Jumièges. It was rebuilt in the 11C ,burn by Henry I king of England in 1119AD, the church rebuilt again between 1125 and 1140AD (only remains the arcades of the nave) ,was burned again by king Philippe Auguste in 1194 in its fight with king Richard the Lion Hearted.
Again burned in the war of 100 years in 1356AD ,it was again restore under king Louis XI a century after. In the 16C the facade was added on the north and portico, then a tower on the south was restored, finally in the 17C the north tower was finish.
In 1940, the German air force partially destroyed it and on June 11 1940 it was in flames. The fire detroyed the fine organ from the 18C. Finally in August of 1983 a hurricane damage part of the glass enclosure in the choir.
You must see it, this is the schedule of plays organ style
The Chateau de Beaumesnil makes for a great visit. The castle, the gardens and the interiors can be visited as well as a bookbinding museum. It is a Louis XIII style castle and is nicknamed the "Versailles Normand", that says it all !
You've perhaps been to the museums or you took a course in art history...it's just not the same as seeing why they painted here.
Several towns in Haute Normandy will help you to understand. The light is just so special in Le Havre or in Etretat...they made great paintings and I think that you will be inspired here as well. Light and shadow, you can't go wrong and your vacation photos will be just fab no matter what the weather.
Wishing you a storm at sea!
Just down river on the Seine are several churches and ruins of powerful medieval monasteries. If you are traveling by car plan a day either from the from the city or en rote to or from it. The ruins are a delightful way to study the period architectures both Gothic and Romanesque. In St.-Martin a fine church is intact and as a dividend you will see the most picturesque part of the Seine as you drive. The other stops are the Abbeys of Jumieges and Saint-Wandrille.
Rouen is a flourishing port city (100+K pop) on the lower navigable reaches of the Seine. It is close enough to Paris to make it a carefully planned day trip, but there is so much to see and do in the city that it is really worth two days of sightseeing and at least one night or even two. It has a famous cathedral and a good Art Museum and interesting memories of Jeanne d'Arc. It is a good base from which to explore nearby sites in Normandy.
The third abbey that you meet along the D982 is the one of Saint Wandrille Rancon. It was built between 13th and 14th century and destroyed during the French Revolution. Today about 50 Benedectine monks live in the complex.
More information on my Saint Wandrille Rancon page.
The town of Jumiegès is famous for the ruins of its abbey. It was built in 700 AD and destroyed during the French Revolution.
The abbaye is located about 15 Km from Rouen along D982.
More information on my Jumièges page.
In the small village of Saint Martine de Boscherville you can see the wonderful abbey of Saint George of Boscherville. It was built in 1114 upon the site of a pagan sanctuary and it is one of the best examples of Norman Gothic architecture. The white interior is great. Very interesting is the garden
More information on the Saint Martin de Boscherville page.
Yport is a very small town located between Fecamp and Etretat.
The town is set among two cliffs. To visit Yport is as to make a footstep to the beginnings of the 19th century where the painters flowed in mass to engrave on table these beautiful landscapes.
A great experience!!
More information on my Yport page.
The town of Fécamp is located near the most beautiful bluffs of all Normandie from which you can see wonderful landscape. But the town is famous thanks the Abbatiale de la Sainte-Trinitè which was the most important place of pilgrimage before the construction of Le Mont Saint Michel. Interesting is also the Palais Benedectine.
More information on my Fecamp page.
- the Gros Horloge;
- the Gothic Church of Saint Maclou;
- the Church of Saint Ouen
- Place du Vieux Marché with the modern church of Saint Joan of Arc.
More information on my Rouen page.
The wonderful town of Rouen was one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. It was one of the capitals of the Anglo-Norman dynasties, which ruled both England and large parts of modern France from the 11th century to the 15th century. It is in Rouen that the English burnt Joan of Arc in 1431. The town was heavily damaged during World War II.
In Rouen you must see:
- Cathedrale Notre Dame which was the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet;
More information on my Rouen page.
The town of Les Andelys is famous thanks the CHATEAU GAILLARD, a castle built in the 12th century by Richard I of England (Richard the Lionheart) to protect the Duchy of Normandy from the French king Philip II. From the ruins of the castle you can see a wonderful landscape over the town and the Seine River.
More informationa on my Les Andelys page.
Giverny is a small village lies 80km from Paris. The village became famous thanks the Claude Monet's garden and home. Monet came to live here in 1890 when he bought the house and land outright and set out to create the magnificent gardens he wanted to paint. The artist lived in Giverny until his death in 1926.
More information on my Giverny page.
Driving to this hotel was like driving in the centre of London in rush hour, gps was totally useless...more
123, rue Claude Monet, Giverny, 27620, France
Good for: Solo
Route du Havre, Etretat, Haute-Normandie, 76790, France
Good for: Solo