Visiting the Monet Gardens in Giverny

Posted on 31. Oct, 2012 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, France, Photo Posts

During my research on the Normandy roadtrip I was planning, I was searching for interesting things to do between Paris and the coast, in order to give my pilot some well-deserved rest.

That’s when I clicked - aren’t the famous Monet gardens in the area? I was really excited to visit what is perhaps the most iconic setting of in the history of art, possibly the most colorful one, and undoubtedly the most romantic.

The first part of the visit is the Monet house itself - where the painter used to live in the 1880s, and most importantly, create.

It’s really interesting to visit the workshop of one of the world’s most famous and talented painters. I like how Monet also kept his Impressionist friends close to his heart - his bedroom walls were covered by Cézanne, Renoir and Manet paintings.

The house fell into disrepair after Monet’s death, and it wasn’t until the 1980s that it was restored to its full glory, and open for the public to enjoy.

The second part is an ode to the beauty of nature and the powerful smell of various flowers.

There are more types of plants and flowers than I can recall! It’s an especially fun place if you’re an amateur photographer, not unlike the Keukenhof Gardens in Holland. It was a lot of fun to wander around and try to capture the grandeur of the place, and the many textures. I could’ve easily spent a whole afternoon just there!

The third and last part of the visit is where you’ll find one of the most famous scenes of the history of the 3rd art - the water lily pond.

Monet had this pond dug after he moved to the estate, against his neighbors advice - they were worried his weird, exotic plants would poison the water! The pond is designed after the many Japanese prints Monet collected - an influence that is very obvious with the wooden bridges, the bamboo trees and the many nympheas.

In fact, it was the first time in the history of painting that an artist had shaped nature the way he wanted to paint it - for nature is what it is, the way it was created, not man-made. I think it’s interesting that Monet had this painting in mind before it even actually existed!

The Monet Gardens in Giverny are even accessible by daytrip from Paris is you’re vacationing in the area, and fancy a bit of Normandy and nature on the side. It really is a lovely place that goes beyond what words can describe - and that might be precisely why Monet decided to paint it, in an attempt to give the gardens the attention and love they deserve.

Have you been to the Monet Gardens in Giverny? Is this the kind of activity that you’d like to do in Normandy or France?

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8 Responses to “Visiting the Monet Gardens in Giverny”

  1. Julika

    31. Oct, 2012

    Your pictures are stunning! The garden looks surreally beautiful - I can totally see where Monet got his inspiration from!

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  2. Jenna

    01. Nov, 2012

    Great photos! I didn’t realize Monet had the pond dug after he moved there-that’s really interesting. We are heading to Paris tomorrow and were hoping to head out to the gardens, but they are closed for the winter on Nov 1. Oh well, maybe next time. I suppose it would be better in the summer anyways with all the flowers in bloom!

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  3. Laurence

    02. Nov, 2012

    Wow - seeing that bridge in real life would be amazing! I’ve got a copy of one of the lillies paintings on my wall - it’s just mesmerising :)

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  4. sarah

    04. Nov, 2012

    What a neat experience- I would love to visit this someday! Your photos are gorgeous.

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  5. Abby

    07. Nov, 2012

    I would love to see flowers like this sometime soon.

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