In this garden, you will find the main inspiration of one the greatest paintings of the 19th century: a calm pond of water lilies. Actually, anybody with the slightest knowledge of the paintings of Claude Monet will feel familiar with this garden located in the department of Normandy in France. Monet’s garden is a spot that enthusiasts of arts or gardens can’t miss. If you happen to visit France soon, don’t forget to include this marvelous place in your itinerary or you’ll regret it.
Monet knew about this garden for the first time through the window of a train while he was traveling. Then the rest is history. Monet moved there in 1883 and he first started to decorate his firsts gardens. Something that later on he considered as one of his greatest accomplishments.
You can find zones that beautifully mix light and shadow. And the impressions of foliage and blooms in the cool green waters are briefly changed by the fluctuating light of the variable Normandy climate.
The gardens, overlapped by numerous little paths, incline tenderly down to the lily lake that is shockingly small but with an exceptional atmosphere. A path edges their border, offering a scope of perspectives and varieties in the light as you stroll along it. Some views offer open perspectives while others interrupted by sobbing willows.
Once you in the garden, one of the most expected parts is the opportunity of wandering around Monet’ home.
Monet’s home at Giverny is spacious and with a rustic style. Its guests can stroll around it and watch out on to the views that were the main source of inspiration for this great painter. He watched how the colors changed with the rhythm of each season. Every morning without fail, he woke up to appreciate his garden from his window.
The Grande Allée is one the largest of the garden paths. This leads from the house to the Japanese bridge. The Grande Allée is widely known for being portrayed by Monet on many occasions. Currently, a road separates these gardens, but a tunnel connects some parts.
Since an early moment in his career, Monet preferred working outside than in the studio. He thought that he could catch the moment with his paintings. However, that meant that he needed to work quickly.
But this was the foundation the “impressionist” technique. There is no a detailed depiction but an impression of the object.
While Monet was living at Giverny, many contemporary artists with high recognition as Renoir, Cézanne, Renoir, and Pissarro visited the garden. Now it’s so amazing to think all that talent accumulated in the same place. In 1926, Monet passed away at 86 years old.
Best Time to Visit
Just keep in mind that the best moment to visit the garden is between July and August when it’s the blossom of water lilies
How can you get there?
So that you have a better idea of where Monet’s Garden is, It’s 65 km away from north-west of Paris and off the A13 motorway. The closest English ports are Le Havre and Dieppe. You can easily get there by getting on a train from Paris to Vernon and then take a 15-minute bus from Vernon to Giverny.
Where can you stay?
A good choice for accommodation is in Vernon which is a charming town with good restaurants. This town is 5 km near Giverny. Arrive at the garden very early if possible. During the day, it tends to be very crowded. From April to November, they don’t open to the general public on Mondays. Because a selected group of painters go from 9:30 a. m to 6 p.m.
For more information about where to stay, transportation and flowering times check this website: www.giverny.org
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