During the springtime of 2019, where I took travelling for granted and gallivanted freely on the other side of the world not worrying about contracting any virus or avoiding any rallies, I was here at Giverny.
Giverny, is a small town in the region of Normandy, northern part of France. The famous impressionist artist Oscar-Claude Monet built his home and garden here, living there for 43 years from 1883 to 1926. He adored Japanese culture, implementing a Japanese style garden and collecting Japanese art prints from the likes of Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro.
Claude Monet’s home is a monument to how he lived his life, full of beauty and art to inspire his works. He had a large family and entertained a lot, therefore creating the large yellow dining room. His first studio houses some of his famous paintings such as “The Woman with a parasol- Madame Monet and her son”, it is harder to appreciate with a mob wanting to seize the same experience, but try hard not to lose your mind.
Monet’s bedroom was simple, onlooking the view of his colourful garden, he appreciated Victorian furniture which he decorated along with other paintings from Impressionists painters such as: Cézanne, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Morisot, Boudin, Manet, Signac…
Do not forget to detour to his Japanese garden, where even in the rain the pond’s water will remind you of his triptych “Water Lillies” painting and the famous “Japanese Footbridge” in a dream-like format.
After a morning exploring the Monet house & garden, continue your experience and lunch at Les Nymphéas Restaurant, adjacent to the exit of The Gift shop of Monet’s house. From experience, I found the meals to be generous and delicious. Service, welcoming- Our waitress even translated the menu into English even describing its ingredients to us, so we wouldn’t have to eat blindly.
After lunch at Les Nymphéas Restaurant, time to further explore the small town of Vernon. Take a tour of the local Museum of Impressionisms and buy some collectable goodies, stop by Monet’s tombstone, repent your sins or just appreciate the atmosphere at the Église Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny, then end your afternoon by having a tart and coffee at Au Coin du Pain’tre cafe.
Exploring Monet’s house and garden one cannot leave feeling exceptionally full of art, beauty and history. It is definitely an introductory to the country living of provinces in France, slow and intentional. But the experience does not cease at Monet’s house & garden, the small town of Vernon is a destination to explore in itself and needs a complete day, to be appreciated.
Disclaimer: Please note I have not been paid or sponsored to do this review. This write-up is based on my own opinions, research and experience. Pictures used are personally taken, unless stated otherwise. I hope you find it helpful.