Day Trip From Paris to Giverny
Just an hour and a half outside of Paris, lies the heart of impressionism – a little village called Giverny.
Giverny was the home of Claude Monet, a key figure of the impressionist movement. It is said that he discovered the village of Giverny whilst looking out a train window. Monet was immediately drawn to the village and found a farmhouse to rent, and in 1890 he bought that farmhouse and transformed the property into what it is today.
His most famous and final series of work before his death were the depictions of his water-lily pond, Monet was fascinated by the reflections from the pond and their subtle changes throughout the day; he would spend hours capturing abstract renderings of the reflections on a small row boat. (similar to the one pictured.)
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There are several ways to get to Giverny;
Car: If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a car from Paris! The route starts on the A13 highway to Bonnières, and then takes the D201 to Vernon. From Vernon, it’s a scenic drive following the signs.
Train: Take the train from Gare St-Lazare from Paris to Vernon and from there you can take a taxi to the village.
Bus: The bus to Giverny from Paris are typically run by half-day tours, this is a great way to get there and back without hassle and in a timely manner.
Monet’s House: The pink farmhouse with green shutters is surrounded by magnificent gardens with blooming flowers that add to the charm. In the house, you can see Monet’s collection of Japanese prints from the Edo Period or “the floating world” from which impressionists drew inspiration. A little walk and you will get to the water garden where there is a replica of the iconic Japanese bridge, waterlilies and weeping willows. (Buy your tickets online to skip the line.)
Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny: Up the road from Monet’s house, this small museum was set up in partnership with the Musée d’Orsay. It houses pieces of impressionism, related works and the occasional temporary exhibitions. You can also take a two-hour art workshop if you reserve ahead.
There are hiking trails that start near the city hall on Rue Blanche Hoschedé-Monet that wind through the hills and leads to a panoramic view of the village and Seine valley.