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“The red bridge,willows and wisteria.....its Monet,baby.”

The Clos Normand - Fondation Claude Monet
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Private Car Trip to Giverny Garden from Paris
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Giverny
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 August 2013

We took the morning train from Gare-St-Lazare to Vernon Station,only 45 minutes,from where a shuttle bus delivers you to Giverny. The carpark, one of five, removes any allusion about sharing this quiet hamlet by yourself. Sixteen,giant tourist- transporters have already disgorged their occupants.....oohhh,what the hell,you are here,are you not?.......yes,it is a very popular spot!
This is the home of the brilliant innovator Monet who excelled at presenting the effect of light at different times of the day. His paintings of the Rouen Cathedral and the Water Lilies are just a few of his masterpieces.
Unfortunately,you wont find any original Monet paintings here.However,his house and famous gardens are open to view. The house,itself is not overwhelming, but contains his collections of 18th and 19th century prints and furnishings....pleasant,but not the Monet you seek!!
Through the windows you spy glimpses of his wonderfully colorful garden. Step,outside the house and wander through the magic that creative greenery offers. Thousands of flowers greet you as you stroll , meander and stoop ,to examine these wonderful specimens. But,its when you reach 'the bridge' that your heart flutters, because this is the holy grail for the settings that formed the series of water lilies. Beautiful and spiritual, in many ways ,even on a cloudy and rainy day. As you enjoy and exhilarate at the beauty of wispy trees around the bridge. try to envisage all those art books that drew you here. Incomparable!!
Its all here.The red bridge,hung with wisteria,leads to a setting of weeping willows and rhododendrons. If this does not move you...you must be constipated.
wander around the pretty village with every house sharing a preplanned color scheme. Very pleasant. So the important Question now, is where to ingest food,because art and jardins create cravings. Give the local tourist- trap eateries the flick, and head back into town,where near the church you will find, L'esquisse Gourmande....a tea salon and restaurant.
Read my review in the restaurant section. Bon appetite.

7  Thank Eli B
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

This palce is so incredible! We took the train from Paris and it was worth while. This is a serene and wonderful place. The staff is freindly and helpful. You should know enough french to communicate with train station staff as in my personal experience not all ticket sellers speack english. Beware of the bus drivers from the train station to the foundation (15 min ride), as they are not always polite and helpful, but rather mean and very rude. Only place in France where I encoutered a rude french person. If you purchase tickes in advance (online), you will avoid the line. Take your camera as you will be able to take memorable pictures here. Absolutely wonderful! There are plenty of places to eat around the area. Enjoy!!!

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Reviewed 13 October 2012

We visited in October 2012 and we're very impressed especially as this was an additional price to what we paid to get into the gardens. If you don't go in, you can still walk around and see the additional gardens near the museum.

3  Thank TravelCuties
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

I wouldn't go one errand to this but if you are at Monet's Gardens then you might as well!! There was an exhibition on of photographs which made it especially good

2  Thank AJH99
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Reviewed 24 August 2012

garden & house of Claude Monet

There are two parts in Monet's garden: a flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese inspired water garden on the other side of the road.
The two parts of Monet's garden contrast and complement one another.

Very true and correctly put. I have very much appreciated them both.

Be sure to book via internet as this gets you in the garden without queuing for quite a long time. Print the ticket and show it at the entrance.

3  Thank J J
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