Monet’s Gardens and Home at Giverny

posted by Sharon November 21, 2016 14 Comments
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Impressionist painter Claude Monet chose Vernon, a small village in the country outside of Paris, as his residence in 1883. Here at his home, Giverny, the gardens would become the subject of many of his great works. And you can visit these gardens today, planting yourself in essence in the middle of a Monet masterpiece. This experience is one to enjoy if you are anywhere near the area. Giverny

We first scheduled our trip to Paris in the spring and put a visit to Monet’s house high on our priority list. When we had to postpone until October, we considered skipping this, as I thought maybe the flowers would not be worth noting. Thankfully, we went anyway, and the garden couldn’t have been more beautiful, with all the fall colors of blooms. Go whenever you can. You won’t be disappointed!

Your visit will include three parts of Monet’s home: the gardens, the water garden, and the home.

The Gardens

From the time Monet and his family moved into this place, he redesigned and updated the gardens. He employed a full-time gardener to assure the beauty of this sprawling wonderland. And of course, he painted here, exploring the light and reflection at all times of the day, through the seasons. He created and lived in his own palette. The yellows, purples, and reds of fall filled the garden on the day we visited. GivernyGivernyGiverny

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Monet took such pride in his water garden, with its willows, maple trees, and bamboo, that he often received guests here. In his later life, he worked on the massive paintings of this garden, which are now displayed at the L’Orangerie in Paris, near the Louvre.

When asked why he filled the pond with lilies, Monet replied: “I love water, but I also love flowers. That’s why, once the pond was filled with water, I thought of embellishing it with flowers. I just took a catalogue and chose at random, that’s all.” GivernyGivernyGivernyGivernyGiverny

The House

Here Monet lived for 43 years until his death in 1926. His family included eight children, so you can imagine how full of life this home was for so long. Today several of the rooms are renovated with period furniture and colors to show how it looked when Monet lived here. Reproductions of his paintings are found throughout the house.

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Giverny is an easy ride from Paris by train to Vernon. Once in the village, a shuttle bus drives you to Giverny. Be sure to note the times that the bus returns to pick you up in Giverny so you can get back to the train station on time. Giverny is open from March into the fall each year. Check the website for specific dates. Giverny

How about you? Have you been to Giverny?

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14 Comments

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin November 21, 2016 at 10:07 am

Oh my goodness!! How gorgeous!!!

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jesh StG November 21, 2016 at 8:06 pm

Wow, I can see Monet was well to do for his time! Love the gardens. So much to see in Paris. One needs weeks to visit everything that is available. Maybe one of the times we visit our son in Amsterdam (only a 5 -hrs. drive to Paris – Many thanks for sharing the gardens in the Fall with ALL SEASONS and have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Fun60 November 21, 2016 at 8:52 pm

What a great post. I am planning to visit Giverny in 2017 and your photos and information are first class.

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linky November 21, 2016 at 11:11 pm

Gorgeous photos, Sharon. Thanks so much for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/11/cana.html

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Yogi November 21, 2016 at 11:55 pm

Wow, I can see how Monet got inspiration. The gardens are beautiful. Great photo essay on this post.

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ladyfi November 22, 2016 at 5:24 am

Wow – stunning shots!

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Rhonda Albom November 22, 2016 at 8:37 am

I can see Monet’s inspiration and muse from al the photos you took of the Giverny gardens

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Mitzi November 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Wow! Such a lovely garden! Beautiful images!

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Villroses hage November 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Oh! What a place to go!

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Mandy November 23, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Love your images from Giverny. I went this past summer, but I haven’t gotten around to editing my images yet. Did you happen to explore the town any? Or go in any of the nearby museums?

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Lisa Pomerantz November 23, 2016 at 10:48 pm

Stunning! I want to paint now too! #image-in-ing

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handmade by amalia November 24, 2016 at 8:08 am

Oh Sharon, this is one place I’ve always wanted to visit. Gorgeous.
Amalia
xo

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Photo(Geo)grapher November 28, 2016 at 6:37 am

Lovely image. What a wonderful place.

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April | Minivan Adventures June 16, 2017 at 11:19 am

Wow! Beautiful pictures! I went to Paris about 20 years ago, and visiting Monet’s gardens was a favorite stop on my tour. I remember the gardens being gorgeous. I don’t recall many details about the house though. How could I have forgotten that bright yellow dining area?!?

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