Visit Giverny, See Monet's Garden

The Impressions Will Be Lasting

We love to travel, and 2020 was supposed to be a big travel year for us. Like the rest of you, that hasn't happened. 

We're still dreaming about travel, reading about new destinations, and making (tentative) plans for the future. We hope all of you are well and staying safe... and that you find some inspiration here for YOUR future travels.

With vaccines arriving, let's hope we can be traveling again in 2021!

If you love Impressionist paintings, why not plan a visit to Giverny and see Claude Monet's garden, flowers, pond and bridges for yourself?

Giverny was Monet's home during the last half of his life.

It's been said the Impressionist art movement acquired its name from one of Monet's paintings called "Impression, Sunrise".

He painted that sunrise on the Normandy coast in Le Havre....

His cathedral series was painted in Rouen....

But it was the bridge and the flowers in his garden at home that he painted most often later in life.

Anyone Can Enjoy A Visit To Giverny

That famouse bridge at Giverny

Recognize this scene?

See... You don't have to be an art connoisseur to enjoy a visit.

The gardens are a joy for anybody to see.

If you're not into art, but you like Monet's water lilies, it's fun to see where they grew.

Walk that arched green bridge that he painted.

See that little green boat on the pond.

You Can Tour His House

It's still painted the way it was when he lived there.

The rooms still have the collection of Japanese prints that he collected. The kitchen with its blue wall tiles is memorable.

Here he entertained other artists.... like Renoir, Matisse and Cezanne. 

Monet Loved His Garden

Monet's home in Giverny

He really spent a lot of time developing that Norman garden that surrounds the house, personally supervising everything.

First there were the planted beds that spill over with all kinds of colors....

Different at different times of the year.

Later he diverted a river to form a pond.

He planted the willows and bamboo along its shore. Once they grew up, he painted them often.

He filled the pond with lilies.

Then came the green bridge which eventually became draped with wisteria.

Both the Norman Garden and the Water Garden are filled with rare plants from all over the world.

Impressions For All Different Reasons

He painted all of this at different times of the day and times of the year... playing with color schemes and.... impressions.

As his eyesight failed due to cataracts, this paintings became larger and more abstract....

Think of those large fuzzy water lilies in the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris.

The Whole Area Is A Monument To Monet

The village draws thousands of tourists every year. Explore the village with its little country church and half-timbered houses.

Guidebooks will tell you to see the Museum of American Art which is nearby. It displayed American artists like Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer and James McNeill Whistler. That Musee d'Art Americain has now morphed into the Musee des Impressionnismes. Open in May 2009, the first special exhibit will be "The Garden of Monet at Giverny: The Invention of the Landscape."

(I have to tell you that this all developed since the last time we were there, so I'm trusting the internet myself for this information.)

Where To Find Giverny

Monet's real Willows and Waterlilies at Giverny

The little village is about 50 miles (80 km) from Paris.

It can be reached as a day trip...

Or it makes a good stop on a driving tour of France if you are heading toward Normandy or anywhere in the north of France.

The best time of year to go is Spring through Fall when the flowers are in bloom.

So stop in Giverny at least for a few hours and wander among Monet's gardens.

Feel like you've entered one of his paintings.

By a print or two for yourself.... the shop sells almost anything you can imagine with an image of a Monet painting on it. Wear a "water lily" scarf and you'll be transported in memories back to that garden every time you wear it.

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

Curious about what else we've written about?  Search our site for a destination or travel tip.

But... We'd love to have you share this page or comment on it…
Thanks, Judy and Mark

International Travel Tips l Europe Travel Tips
Hotel and B&B Tips l Packing Lists
Go to MouseToursTravels Home Page

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Did it help with your travel planning and preparation? Eager to leave on that next vacation? Please leave your tips or comments in the box below.

Timely Tips

The New Year is here...
And we're ready to put 2020 behind us.
What are your resolutions? To lose weight? To Exercise more?
We're hoping for an end to this virus and the travel restrictions so...
Why not a FUN resolution!
Resolve to TRAVEL!
It's a good time to plan your travels...

We have lists to help....
Custom Tour Planning List

Destination stories....
Europe Travel Tips
Africa Dream List
See America

Travel Planning
International Travel Planning Tips
Guidebooks can help you plan

Don't Forget Valentine's Day
Romantic Weekends

What About Your Passport?
Time to get one... or renew...

Answers about Passports and Visas

Dreaming of Warm Weather or Snow?

Jokulsarlon Iceberg Lake, Iceland

Packing for a Tropical Vacation
Cold Weather Packing List

…Or just make a resolution to explore more pages here and get ideas for travel destinations and how to get there.

NOW is the time to start planning for a great trip this year.


Search MouseToursTravels
Travel questions or destination info?
Find our answers faster..


We want you to feel comfortable out in the world and on our pages - so surf away in your own language...

Updated Tips & New Travel Stories

  1. 2020 Travels - What Travels?

    Our 2020 travels were slim. COVID kept us home too. One trip to the Three Guyanas, but dreaming of travel next year.

    Read More

  2. Discovering The Three Guyanas

    Love discovering less touristed regions? The three Guyanas are tucked up in the north east corner of South America that doesn’t get much attention.

    Read More

  3. 2019 Travels - Africa, Asia, Europe and USA

    On our 2019 travels, it was independent travel, a custom tour and a group tour. All work beautifully... just depends on where you’re going and what you want.

    Read More

Two Ways To Like Us!

Like Our Site Top Left
Like Our Fanpage Below
Thank You!

More On France

Carnac - Megaliths!
Drive Through Brittany
Drive Through Normandy
Mont Saint Michel
Normandy Beaches

Navigate Our Site

Related Pages
Foreign Rental Car Tips


Road Trip Ideas
Packing for roadtrips

General Information
Worldwide Roadtrips
Foreign Rental Cars
Driving In Foreign Places
Driving On the Left
Toll Roads
What Is A Highway
US Highways
Highways or Backroads
Reading Roadmaps

Know The Rules
International Roadsigns
Traffic Laws Abroad
Autobahn Etiquette
Parking In Cities

RV Stuff

RV Road Trip
Rent An RV
Traveling With An RV
RV Travel In Europe
Sharing An RV

And Just For Fun

Amusing Confusing Roadsigns
Funny Polish Detour Sign
Border Crossings
Document Rental Car Damage

Ready For A New Adventure?

We escape by traveling…
But there are more ways to escape. 
Work on something you LOVE…
With A Website
SBI Teaches You Everything

First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life