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Giverny in October

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Giverny in October

We will be in Paris in mid-October. We are considering a tour to Giverny with Fat Tire Bike Tours that includes a train ride and bike ride to Monet's home and gardens. Since it will be so late in the season, we're wondering if it's worth going at that time of year. While we assume most flowers will not be in bloom, are there fall colors to see? Is this trip worthwhile in October?

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1. Re: Giverny in October

there will be more in bloom than you think - and yes, fall colors.

If you have any fondness at all for Monet and his works, it's absolutely worth a visit any time the gardens are open.

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2. Re: Giverny in October

I'd forgo the tour and do it myself... that way you can easily pick which day to go according to the weather. Taking the train from St Lazare and the shuttle from the Vernon station is easy to do.

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3. Re: Giverny in October

Even if the gardens aren't in full bloom, Monet's house is very much worth the trip. Be sure to spend some time in the (yellow) dining room with the superb Japanese wood-block prints.

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4. Re: Giverny in October

Recommend going, but not with the tour.

For one thing, you can easily take a train to Vernon, rent a bike at Vernon station, then pick up picnic supplies, bicycle to Giverny and tour the home and gardens on your own, for a lot less.

A good reason this year not to go with the tour is so you'll have time to visit the magnificant Clark exhibition in Giverny which, if you're a fan of Impressionism, is just not to be missed.

giverny.org/museums/…

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5. Re: Giverny in October

Call the ticket office before you go. If they tell you there is any sort of frost damage and the admission fee is discounted, then expect most of the flowers to have wilted.

Middle of October is probably still ok though. Later in October and the beginning of November is when the flowers usually fade.

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6. Re: Giverny in October

You may see what to expect:

http://giverny-impression.com/2010/10/

It is worth visit

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7. Re: Giverny in October

We visited Giverny last year on October 9th and the flowers were in full bloom and just exquisite. I agree that it's very easy to get there on your own; no need for a tour. But do not miss Monets house and garden- it's an unforgettable day!

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8. Re: Giverny in October

Thanks for all of your responses. We decided to go on our own and were thrilled to learn about the Clark exhibition.

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9. Re: Giverny in October

Glad you decided to do it on your own. It's really very easy and far less expensive than on a tour. We were there in mid October and everything seemed to be in bloom and quite beautiful. Crowds were not a problem. Try to get a train that will get you to Vernon at or before 9 AM and go straight to the Lily Pond to get some great pictures.

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10. Re: Giverny in October

There's no telling how busy Monet's Home and Gardens will be THIS year due to the Clark Exhibition.

My recommendation would be to purchase advance tickets (which are not date specific) for each online (you can print at home).

Once in Paris, you may want to purchase your train tickets to Vernon in advance, rather than get to the station in plenty of time to purchase them just ahead of your journey. You just never know how long the ticket lines will be or how quickly they will move, and you wouldn't want to miss your desired departure time.

Taking the train that arrives in Vernon at 9:05 would get you to the entrance of Monet's Home and Gardens just about opening time. Once at the Vernon station, you'd be well advised to get to the shuttle bus quickly (on the opposite side of the arrival track), as there have been reports that it fills quickly. The shuttle bus is timed to train arrival/departures, so be sure to check the return schedule for your trip back to Vernon station.

The advantage of going on your own is having plenty of time to visit the exhibition and have a leisurely lunch before heading back to Paris.