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A walk in Giverny in the footsteps of Monet

A visit to discover Giverny where the painter Claude Monet lived. Giverny is located in Normandy, 1 hour from Paris.

Difficult to describe this walk, tourist attraction? MoneyLand ? Everything looks artificial in Giverny. Auvers-Sur-Oise for Van Gogh and Barbizon for Jean-François Millet seem much more authentic. Here one has the impression that everything is done to take out one's wallet. The Japanese garden is nice but we see the same one everywhere. Every city has a small Japanese garden. After that I think that the visit in September must be more interesting. The Monet foundation which manages Monet's house, and the musée des impressionnismes just next door close from November 1st for the whole winter. The loops of the Seine and the region are beautiful, Monnet was right but you don't need to linger in Giverny! It is better to visit La Roche-Guyon a few kilometers away.

Interest: ratingvery disappointing (1 user)
Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 3 h.

Le parking

One of the few positive aspects of this walk: the parking is large and free. The site attracts a lot of people in the summer.

The park of the Museum of Impressionism

The park of the Museum of Impressionism
The access to the park of the museum is free, it is built in the spirit of the impressionists.

The park of the museum

The park of the museum
The park is not very big, it leads to the entrance of the museum.

The Museum of Impressionism

The museum presents temporary exhibitions of artists who were inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Price: 7 euros. We can easily do without it, there are simply 2 large rooms. You can see everything in 15 minutes. To visit only the first Sunday of the month when the museum is free.

The museum's restaurant

The museum's restaurant
Nice little terrace, very pleasant in summer. Unfortunately the prices are Parisian and the dishes American inspired (for tourists?). Main course (cheese burger or salmon steak) and dessert: 19 euros.

A street in Giverny

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A street in Giverny
Many foreign tourists in the main street. The name of Claude Monet sells.

Entrance to the house of Claude Monnet

Entrance to the house of Claude Monnet
The queue to enter the house of Claude Monet. He lived 43 years in this house. Entrance fee: 10,5 euros !

Le jardin de Claude Monet

Le jardin de Claude Monet
The garden is not very big, many people in the alleys. It's hard to find the atmosphere of the time, which must have been much calmer.

The garden of Claude Monnet's house

The garden of Claude Monnet's house
Frankly the garden has nothing extraordinary. I was not sensitive to the charm of the place.

The Japanese garden

The Japanese garden
It was here that Claude Monet painted his most famous paintings of water lilies. He made more than 250 paintings on this theme. The huge painting of the Water Lilies is exhibited at the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris. A room has been specially built to exhibit it to the public.

Restaurant and tourist office

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Restaurant and tourist office
We see a restaurant on the picture. The subtitle of the restaurant could be: "Here nothing is home-made, everything is industrial". The titles of the dishes are very evocative and refer to the world of Monet.

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