Giverny (Monet's home and garden), France
Posted by: budgettravel 6 months, 3 weeks ago
After Dijon, we drove 4 hours to Giverny, to a house where a Monsieur Claude Monet spent a few decades of his life living. Mr. Monet lived his life in a somewhat rural town with a beautiful lily pond across the street. We had lunch on a bench where his wife and (step) daughters sat to knit, walked into the tunnel to cross under the (now busy) country road to visit the now famous lily pond, and enjoyed a quick (and crowded) tour of his house. The garden was beautiful, with lavender and many other colorful flowers.
The garden in front of Monet's house
From the bridge by Monet's lilly pond, Giverny, France
Between the rows of lavender in Monet's Garden, Giverny, France
We arrived on a Saturday at noon. The parking lot was busy but after the mile or so walk from the parking lot to the entrance, we got through the line to purchase tickets pretty easily (about 20 minutes or so). At the time, I thought it was a long line and busy inside, but when we left about 1.5 hours later, the line was easily four times the size of our line going in. We purchased tickets online. I found out that there is a separate line for those with pre-purchased tickets, though I gave up on finding it upon realizing that our line was moving along. Monet's Garden is about 1.5 hours drive from Paris.
Practical Information (as of July 2018):
Fee: Adults 10.20 EU, Kids 7.20 EU, online ticket reservation fee 1.45EU per order
Address: 84 Rue Claude Monet, 27620 Giverny, France
Website: Monet's Garden
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