While visiting Paris, we took a day trip to Giverny France, home of the Impressionist artist Claude Monet. He is our favorite painter. Right now is the perfect time to go, as the gardens are breathtaking, looking just they do in his paintings. We took a train to Vernon, leaving from the Gare St. Lazare station. We then took a short bus ride into Giverny. There really isn’t much there except Monet’s house. Photography is not allowed inside. I found it fascinating though, that the artwork covering his walls were of Oriental nature. There is a gift shop at the end of the house tour where you can buy prints and other souvenirs. Walking around the grounds, you find hundreds of kinds of flowers, including the famous water lilies. I personally believe his best water lily paintings are housed in the Musee de l’Orangerie. These painting span several feet across the wall! For information on getting to the gardens, you can visit this site. Enjoy!
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