Giverny is a tiny village west of Paris which has been made famous by the painter Claude Monet calling it home. In 1883 Monet fell in love with the place through a train window. He found a house there, moved in with his lady-friend, his two sons, and her six children, and stayed until his death in 1926.
Monet initially painted the countryside, but after 1890 when he bought the house he lived in and began transforming the gardens, he began his famous waterlily paintings. He had a water-garden constructed, even diverting the local river to achieve his vision.
Not far from Monet's former residence is the Museum of Impressionisms (Musee des Impessionismes) dedicated to the different forms of impressionist painting. Built into the landscape, the museum mimics the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
Review by Jeanne Z, October 2012
Doing what: Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris
Great day. Drive to Giverny and Versailles was very relaxing. Both places were worth seeing, especially Giverny. Versailles, although crowded, was still interesting. Drive through the back roads and lunch was an added attraction which put the icing on the cake. It made you feel part of the French culture.
Review by John M, September 2012
Doing what: Giverny and Monet's Garden Small Group Day Trip from Paris
The driver was punctual and the timing of the trip to Giverny worked great. He also gave one of the other couples a mini tour of Paris returning to the city to help them out. Nice touch.
Absolute highlight of my trip to Paris! Would do this again in a heartbeat! Hard to leave Giverny - such a quaint charming little town. My guide was David and he made the day! Wish I could go back and do this tour allll over again.....!!!!!
Giverny is about 45 miles (75 km) from Paris by road. To get there by train catch the SNCF from the Saint-Lazare Paris station to Vernon, on the Paris-Rouen-Le Havre line. From Vernon you can catch a local bus, taxi or hire a bicycle to ride to Giverny.