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Fondation Claude Monet, Giverny

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Your visit to Fondation Claude Monet starts in a little blue sitting room painted with that same colors that Monet chose. Restorations include period decorations, such as cement tiles made in Rouen, brightly painted furniture, and copper pots that contrast the cheerful blue walls of the large kitchen. Throughout the house, you'll see Monet's personal collection of over 200 Japanese woodblocks and works of art by his Impressionist contemporaries. When you stroll across the Japanese bridge, commissioned by Monet, admire the water lilies rising from the pond, which were also inspired by Japanese garden design. Low hedges separate the garden's plots, each with its own theme, harmony, shape, composition, and color palette. Look out for rare plant varieties and wisteria planted by Monet himself. Add Fondation Claude Monet to your Giverny travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Giverny trip itinerary planner.
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  • The gardens were unbelievably beautiful and I was in complete awe the whole time! It was busy but quiet enough to freely move about and view the garden properly. The house was a little more crowded... 
    The gardens were unbelievably beautiful and I was in complete awe the whole time! It was busy but quiet enough to freely move about and view the garden properly. The house was a little more crowded...  more »
  • This was on the list for a few years and glad we made the trip out. Do know, it takes nearly a full day. Train is €32 return (pricey) , hired bikes at €10 (well worth it) and pre booked entry €14... 
    This was on the list for a few years and glad we made the trip out. Do know, it takes nearly a full day. Train is €32 return (pricey) , hired bikes at €10 (well worth it) and pre booked entry €14...  more »
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  • These gardens are magical from the natural point and how the area inspired a master artist. You can get lost in the spectacle of beautiful flowers and arrangements. You can explore and find hidden spots, such as chickens and white cows wandering around. The lily pond area is something to behold and provides amazing reflections to photograph. It is a photographer's dream and you will be surrounded by many. Do put the camera or mobile down and just sit and take in the lovely gardens.
  • The gardens were exceptionally beautiful. I suppose the pleasure of one’s visit will be very dependent on time of year and what is in bloom. We were lucky and the place was vivid and overflowing with color. Walking the gardens was like being in an impressionist painting. The gardens are the highlight. I guess the house, itself, is interesting if you are a hardcore Monet fan. Hard to be sure what was truly , as is, when Monet lived there, ( paint, furniture, decor) versus what was more an inspired interpretation. Didn’t really feel like a “ snapshot” frozen in time, as much as, an inspired view into the past.

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