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“So Beautiful, Monet's Paintings in Real Life”

Claude Monet's House and Gardens
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Owner description: These beautiful gardens inspired Impressionist Claude Monet's most famous work.
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Claude Monet's house in Giverny is absolutely gorgeous. Visit when the garden is in bloom. I visited in late September and was pleasantly surprised to see the garden in full bloom. It was easy to get to Giverny from Paris by taking the train and then transferring on the bus (a couple minute ride) to Monet's house. Don't forget to "composter le billet" i.e, get your train ticket stamped before you get on the train. There will be a little machine at the beginning of the track for you to insert your ticket. If you don't, you could be liable for a huge fine if they check your ticket. At the train station in Giverny, transfer to the bus (easy to find and follow the other tourists). When you step off the bus it is like stepping into one of Monet's paintings. This is my favorite day trip from Paris and I always recommend it over Versaille.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

The tour guide who took us on a private trip to Giverney and the Monet House and Gardens was rude and selfish. She was so late picking up all 5 of the clients that we only had 1.5 hrs to see the entire site and museum. She refused to answer questions once we got out of the van and she did nothing to help the one client who spoke only Portuguese understand the significance of the areas we visited once we had arrived. When we objected to being abandoned, she kept directing us to "read the fine print" on our reservation voucher.

7  Thank Steven U
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

This was a beautiful setting although the gardens were rather smaller than expected. The planting was of special interest to me as I am a keen gardener and in fact have many of the plants in my own garden ! However to actually stand and take in every aspect was difficult as I was constantly jostled by other tourists who would spend ages taking photos in front of me thus making enjoyment rather frustrating. Therefore would suggest that if you want to take your time and enjoy the ambience go out of season ! We went on a Saturday at the end of June - not a good time, however the weather was lovely.

Thank Julie H
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

We took the train from Gare St Lazare which goes to Verdun and the buses were waiting at the station to take anyone going to Monets house at Giverny. We arrived at Monets house and saw huge long queues from the river boat tours people. Luckily we already had our tickets as we had bought them online before we left Australia and sailed past the queue.
Although there were lots of people coming in, the two gardens (flower garden in front of the house and water garden across the road) are large enough to have everyone spread out and not feel overly crowded. Yes, it would be more peaceful without others walking by you, but this is a big attraction so you must expect others to be there. The day we were there the boat tours people came in early and were only there a couple of hours before heading off elsewhere.
Going into Monets house was the only time we had to queue but we just timed it badly as the boat tour people were wanting to do the same thing. An hour or so later there were no queues at all.
Gardens were stunning ! The gardens are designed that there is always something flowering over the whole time they are open to the public. The roses were all in bloom when we were there mid June.
Big gift shop at the exit. No café but just outside the exit is the town of Giverny and it has many lovely restaurants. I would definitely do it again, it was a lovely day

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Some advice if you are visiting from Paris...
...the trains are only every 2 hours, best to get the 10.20 and leave plenty of time to buy a ticket as takes a while (Gare StLazare station Paris to Vernon), the tickets are no cheaper if you book a return rather than 2 singles and ok to book return as even though we had to specify a return time ours was open
...there are shuttle buses from Vernon station to Giverny, we walked, supposed to be a pleasant walk (maps as you come out of station), it is but a little uninspiring and 5km seemed further than we thought it would on that basis...if you do walk then walk the route through Giverny when you get the option rather than stay on the river as we did, as more interesting
...there was a long queue to get in...we waited 55 minutes, think it is 1 out 1 in policy
...the gardens are nice and glad we visited but really not as big as we expected
...do take time to look round the rest of Giverny, very pretty village, we sat in a poppy and cornflower meadow for a while which was lovely
...rather than do the day trip from Paris maybe a place to stop in, maybe overnight as Giverny lovely and seemed to be lots of great B&Bs and hotels, while travelling through France as parking seemed relatively easy and plentiful.
Saying all that, somehow feels like somewhere you should visit, atmospheric and special place and great to see the real version of some of Monet's most famous paintings just felt like a disproportionate effort.

1  Thank Tony and Sarah G
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