Giverny: A Day Trip from Paris

A couple hours from Paris lies one of the most beautiful gardens, dare I say, in the world. This lush, vibrant garden was the home of world famous artist Claude Monet. My brother and his wife had visited a couple of years earlier and had strongly recommended that I go if I get the chance. So when I went with my husband last April we made sure to put it on our itinerary.

Giverny is easy to get to from Paris. You take the train to Vernon-Giverny and then either pay for the minibus or rent a bike from one of the bike rental shops near the central train station in town. We took the minibus but had time allowed, I would have loved to bike! The garden lies about 5km from the train station and the town is so incredibly charming that a bike ride through it would make for the perfect tour.

Entrance to Monet's gardens costs 10.20 Euros which I thought was very reasonable for the experience. We stayed for a couple of hours and it was a good amount of time to walk around the entire grounds, stop for pictures and take time to take in the beautiful sights. It was absolutely gorgeous! No wonder Monet was inspired to paint such beautiful watercolours! 

As I said, we visited in April and  I would say it was an ideal time to visit because the flowers were all in bloom. Unfortunately, we got there a week to early for the Wisteria so I missed out on seeing the wisteria draped over the iconic green bridge. We also did a tour of Monet's house and it was amazing to tour the master's work room! If you're not in a hurry to get back to Paris you can plan a longer stay so you have time to explore the town.

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