Claude Monet’s house is located in the small town of Giverny, about an hour outside of Paris. If you want information on how to access the house, click here.
We went on a perfect, sunny spring day so it was not surprising that the place was packed and the line to get in was about an hour long. I suspect they do crowd control when there are that many people, and only allow people to come in when others leave.
I think Giverny would be a quiet, forgotten town if it weren’t for the Claude Monet Foundation. This is what the rest of the town is like:
But that just goes to show that it doesn’t matter where you live. You can turn your space into something beautiful and memorable.
This will be a picture-heavy, text-light post. You don’t go to Monet’s house to learn; you go to soak in the beauty and be inspired.
I hope you’re inspired. 🙂
(yes, I know – impossible to avoid the crowds)
They sell these blue tiles for 11€ per tile in the gift shop.
The Flower Garden
There is a profusion of flowers – all colours, scents, types …
(yes, there are chickens next to the house)
There must be about ten rows like this from the house to the stone wall at the back. There are paths along each row, but the inside is pristine. You may not walk on the green, and you are not allowed to picnic.
In summer, these green canopies will be in full-leaf.
The Lily Pond
This is what most people go to see and it’s set apart from the house and garden. You take an underground passageway to get to where the pond is (and the meandering streams that feed into it).
As you can see, there is even more a variety of plants back here.
And then … there’s the bridge.
(the boys with grandpa)
And the lily pads … oh, the lily pads!
And finally, the pond.
Everywhere you look, you find something to marvel at.
There is an astonishing amount of beauty in this place.
And that’s all I have to say about that.
What about you? Have you been to Monet’s house? Do you long to go?