Claude Monet is one of my favorite artists, so when Ken and I decided to visit Mont Saint-Michel, we knew we had to also visit Monet’s Garden, also located in the Normandy region of France. It is located in the charming village of Giverny.
About Monet’s House and Garden
Monet and his family settled in Giverny in 1883 and lived there for over 40 years. He was passionate about gardening as well as color and designed his garden of flowers as if they were artworks. In turn, his garden became the inspiration for many of his greatest works of art, such as those with the Japanese bridge and the water lily pond. The house and gardens are spread over one hectare (about 2.47 acres) and include a long house in pink plaster, a central path in front of the house covered with metal arches that are covered with roses and other plants, and a water garden with the famous Japanese bridge. The water garden is filled with plants such as bamboo, maple trees, Japanese peonies, white lilies and weeping willows. The pond is also filled with water lilies; however, they were not fully open by the time we left around noon.
The house and gardens were restored and opened to the public in 1980 and is now the second most visited tourist site in Normandy after the Mont Saint-Michel! Since it is so popular, please be prepared for crowds!
Giverny was the first stop of our trip to the Normandy region. We rented a car from the CDG airport and drove straight there on our first day. The drive was approximately 1.5 hours long. We had considered visiting the gardens that afternoon, but decided instead to rest up a bit and explore our amazing hotel and charming town instead. The Garden opens at 9:30 am and we arrived a few minutes after that. There was only a short line so we thought we would have the Garden to ourselves, but little did we know that there is a separate group entrance for larger tour groups!
Following advice that we read online, we went straight to the water garden and bridge in the back since that is a popular area for photos and can get crowded, but when we got there, there was already a short line to take pictures at the bridge! I got in line and had a few pictures taken while Ken was standing at a distance. However, the sun was quite strong that day with no cloud cover, so it was not ideal conditions for photos that day. After we took a few photos there, we noticed that the line and the crowds were already starting to grow, and sure enough, large tour groups were making their way around the Garden already!
Reformation dress | Nine West straw hat