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“Gives new insights to Monet's paintings” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Claude Monet's House and Gardens

Claude Monet's House and Gardens
rue Claude Monet, 27620 Giverny, France
33 232 51 28 21
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Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Giverny
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: These beautiful gardens inspired Impressionist Claude Monet's most famous work.
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“Gives new insights to Monet's paintings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

A pleasant drive from Paris to the Normandy countryside. The gardens with its pond are larger than one might imagine. The variety of flowers and bushes and their colors is phenomenal. Monet's humble cottage is also interesting. There is a large shop with lots of posters. etc.

Visited August 2013
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“Really great area to explore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

The gardens were beautiful even in September. We rented bikes after we got of the train in Verne (I believe was the place) and it was such a nice day to bike the 3km to Giverny.

Visited September 2013
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“Romance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I saw fascinating gardens, complemented by marvelous peace and harmony.
The only downside - a lot of tourists who occasionally obscure the beautiful scenery.

Visited August 2013
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“Prebook everything”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Tip 1 Pre book your train ticket!- we didn’t and made it onto the already overcrowded train with moments to spare.

Once we were on the train it was like a mini introduction into the what life is like in countries where overcrowding on (country) trains is just a way of life. On the outbound train there were no seats in 2nd class.

Tip2 . If there is standing room only on a train pay the extra and go 1st class. There were people with suitcases the size of a smart car blocking doorways. People with empty shopping carts blocking the other and in the middle were families of African French folk sitting on the floor taking up as much m2 as possible with all their legs spread out . So it was 50 minutes balancing on one foot while grabbing for different poles/ pieces of solid furniture depending on what way direction the train was jolting.

Tip3 pre book your entrance to Giverny. We stood in a queue for a while (it may have been not that long , queueing is not one of my strengths in character). After a while we got told in French that we could not go in that way and to follow Renaud. He took us to a back entrance where we all queued again. It was some sort of French happy weekend and the entrance was discounted to 5 euro. So that was a bit of a win. It was all worth it , the gardens were amazing. Even though they were quite crowded with other visitors it was quite calming. No wonder Monet liked it so much living there.
Thoroughly enjoyable

Visited September 2013
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“The real inspiration for Monet’s famous Water Lilies paintings.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Final stop on day 14 of our tour was the beautiful gardens of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. His garden in Giverny is actually two separate gardens, one a flower garden, and the other his water garden that he designed in a Japanese style. His house is also open for viewing along with his collection of Japanese prints, and paintings from his famous friends. This is an excellent place to visit if you are a fan of Monet or love gardens. The grounds are beautiful in June.

If you are staying in Paris you can also visit the Musee de l’Orangerie to see the Nymphéas series ( Water Lilies) paintings in person before you see the garden. This is the lily pond that Monet is famous for painting.

Visited June 2013
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