Imagine stepping inside your favorite Monet painting as you go on an excellent excursion outside of Paris is to Claude Monet's breathtaking gardens in Normandy.
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Explore Giverny, the home of Monet, and the village of Auvers sur Oise, where Van Gogh spent the last 100 days of his life.
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Monet spent much of his life painting and creating the gardens of Giverny. The impressions of this world-famous painter are on display in museums and galleries everywhere. But why not visit the source of inspiration itself, ideally during summer when the flowers are in full bloom? It’s just 45 minutes by train from Paris. You don’t have to be the next Monet, but it would still be wonderful if you happen to stumble upon Monet’s insights as you pass by Giverny village.
What's in Giverny? Mostly gardens, a charming house, Japanese bridges, weeping willows, water lilies in full bloom—but so inspiring that it caused a master impressionist painter to devote much of his life and art capturing the essence of this nature wonderland. In 1883, Claude Monet noticed the village from the window of a train he was in. What he saw enthralled him, making him want to settle there. In 1890, he bought the house he was renting and the lands surrounding it. He then set to create his greatest masterpiece—the magnificent gardens that so attract hordes of tourists these days. Beside Monet's house and gardens, other attractions include Musée d'Art Américain Giverny (American Art Museum), the Natural Mechanical Museum, which restores and displays vintage engines including the world's oldest running 28-ton diesel engine; and Hôtel Baudy, café and restaurant that holds memories of great artists who spend much time there.
How to get there
By car: A13, then D201 to Vernon where you cross Seine river. By rail: Gare Saint Lazare, then taxi or bus from the station to the village.