Monday, 12 September 2011

the travel diaries: monet's garden

From the very first night that my Mum read me 'Linnea in Monet's Garden' as a child, I have been longing to visit Monet's property at Giverny. Finally making the journey with my sister whilst in Paris, we had a magical day, reliving the story and admiring the beautiful grounds we had seen depicted in so many of his paintings. I took hundreds of photos, too many to share here, and enjoyed an afternoon exploring the large gardens and quaint, colourful house. 

To get there, take the Metro to Saint-Lazare station. From there, catch an SNCF train to Vernon which is outside of the standard Metro line and will require a separate ticket. When you arrive at Vernon, there is a shuttle bus that takes you to Giverny for 4 euros (round trip), or you can hire a bike for a scenic 30 minute ride through the French countryside, to Monet's garden. Entry to the gardens and house is 8 euros and worth every penny. Make sure you take the time to explore the Giverny township as well as the gardens as it is a beautiful place for a walk with sweet shops and galleries and classic French houses.  

The Dreamer x

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