When in Paris, I highly recommend getting on a train or hiring a car and travelling to Monet‘s garden in Giverny .

Photo of Monet's garden at Giverny
Monet’s Garden at Giverny

Monet Leaves Paris for Peaceful Giverny

Giverny is a small town, 75kms from Paris. It is the location of Monet’s house and garden. It is a wonderful day trip from Paris or a fantastic one day itinerary during a road trip in Normandy.

Monet together with his second wife and eight children moved to their house in Giverny and lived there from 1883 until his death in 1926. Many of his paintings were painted in Giverny, and inspired by his magical and magnificent Japanese garden.

Footage of Monet painting in his garden in Giverny

The Influence of Japanese Art in His Garden

When Oriental-Eastern culture, philosophies and arts became popular in Europe in the 1850s, Monet became a keen collector of Japanese ukiyo-e prints. He loved the features and style in these prints so much, that he even designed his garden with Japanese elements. The green bridge over the water-lily pond is evident of this.

Today, his house and gardens are open to the public and are part of the Foundation Claude Monet Museum. Just walking around the gardens, you will see the iconic Japanese bridge, Monet’s water pond lilies and the weeping willows that were the subjects of so many of his famous masterpieces.

The pond in Monet's garden at Giverny
Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece. I work at my garden all the time and with love. What I need most are flowers. Always. My heart is forever in Giverny, perhaps I owe it to the flowers that I became a painter.” 
Claude Monet Quotes

Monet initially rented the house but immediately began designing the front garden, called “Clos Normand.” In 1890 his finances improved and he was able to buy the house and the land.

In 1893 he purchased another piece of adjacent land at the back of the property. Here he created a water garden, the “Jardin d’Eau,” with the iconic water lily pond.

“Water Lilies’ are an extension of my life. Without the water the lilies cannot live, as I am without art.” 
― Claude Monet Quotes―

Stroll Around The Magical Gardens

The house is very quaint and shows some of Claude Monet’s works. However,  the most amazing attraction is hands-down the front and back gardens.

Monet’s beautiful gardens were a source of inspiration for so many of his iconic paintings. You will feel like you are walking through a Monet painting while strolling around the gardens. You will just love Monet’s water lilies in the pond….. It is magical!

The water-lily pond in Monet's garden at Giverny
Monet’s garden at Giverny
The Monet Japanese Green Bridge
Monet’s garden at Giverny. The Japanese bridge

We were there off season but it was still very crowded with people.

Claude Monet Bridge Painting - Japonisme style
Painting: Monet’s water lilies

For more information check out the official website of Monet’s house and garden

BUT don’t leave Giverny yet… there is more to see!!!

After visiting the house, spend some time in the Museum of Impressionism right next to the house. Here you will learn about the origins of impressionism art , its different schools and its influence in the art world.

You can also walk around the museum gardens, which are just as beautiful as Monet’s gardens with colorful beds, aromatic plants, rose bushes and a breathtaking poppy field.

I also recommend walking  through the quaint and pretty village of Giverny. You can pop into the numberous art galleries dotted throughout the charming streets.

Photo of the beautiful streets of Giverny
Quaint Giverny

If you are looking for organized tours to Giverny from Paris, press here for a range of tours to choose from.

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