It's no secret that painter Claude Monet was a gardener extraordinaire: The luxurious gardens surrounding the artist's pink house in Giverny (where he lived for 40 years) are an ode to the painter's green fingers, with lines of rose bushes, willow trees hanging over Japanese bridges, and lily pads floating on the ponds as if waiting for the father of Impressionism to return home. Of the hundreds of tourists who visit the Fondatation Claude Monet every day, not all are art lovers. In fact none of his original paintings are on display in the house; although you will find over 200 engravings collected by Monet, 46 of which are by 18th-century Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro. Be prepared to queue; this is a pilgrimage site for many tourists.
|Venue name:||Fondation Claude Monet - Giverny|
84 rue Claude Monet
|Opening hours:||Daily 1 Apr -1st Nov 9.30pm-6.30pm|
|Transport:||Transilien from St Lazare to Gare de Vernon (45-min). Then 5-min taxi ride or 25-min walk.|