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We leave Paris by the western districts of the city and take the Normandy motorway.
After crossing the River Seine at Vernon we reach Giverny, Claude Monet garden, which is located approximately one and a half hours from Paris. Our guide gives an enlightening visit of the gardens before leaving you to visit Monet's home and studio on your own.
Visit of Claude Monet’s house
Given by his son Michel to the French Academy of Fine Arts in 1966, the rough-cast pink house was where the doyen of the french impressionists school lived between 1883 and 1926. The house has been restored as it was before with its original interior colours and charm. You can see the Master of Giverny’s own precious collection of Japanese prints hung just as they were by him.
Outside is Monet’s large studio where he painted the famous Waterlily series. The studio now houses the Claude Monet Foundation shop.
The gardens were restored to their original state and visitors can admire this « painting set within nature » which Claude Monet’s contemporaries considered to be among his greatest masterpieces. In front of the house and studios, the Clos Normand garden extends in straight lines with vaults of aerial plants surrounding dazzling flowerbeds. From spring to autumn, the gardens reflect the changing palette of the painter-gardener who was 'mad about flowers'.
Further down and created by a diversion in the river Epte lays the water garden in the shade of willow trees with its famous Japanese bridge. The gardens burst with wisteria, azaleas and of course there is the famous water lily pond too. A panoply of water and sky is what gave birth to the pictorial universe of the Waterlily paintings.