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Giverny for the Day – Context Travel Tour

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A Day in Giverny

Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

While visiting the Orsay on our first night in Paris we paid special attention to all things Monet, as we knew we were heading to Giverny a few days later on another Context Travel tour. Giverny is a little town 45 minutes by train from Paris and the former home of the painter Claude Monet. We met our docent, Marie at the train station (Gare St-Lazare) along with another couple visiting from Colorado. We had a lovely train ride where Marie told us about Monet’s life and how he ended up in Giverny. As always, the Context Travel team continually impresses me with their deep knowledge and ability to field questions expertly.

We arrived at the station in Vernon and after a 7-minute bus-ride, we entered Giverny. And into a dream world. I was first inspired to visit this location after a brief visit to Les jardins d’epicure, a lovely chateau in Bray-et-Lu (which is near Giverny) that Mr. Misadventures and I stayed at on our way to Brittany. Then I read my friend Kasia’s post from her visit to Giverny and knew I had to visit one day.

I was not disappointed. Like I said above. It is a dream world. One that is a lovely shade of soft green.

A Day in Giverny

Throughout our visit, Marie chatted with us, providing insight into the grounds and the life of Monet.

A Day in Giverny - Marie and the rest of the group

Because the green was so vibrant, the colors in the flowers popped even brighter.

Giverny for the Day

Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

Gorgeous shades of red and purple.

Giverny for the Day

Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

After visiting the ponds we headed to Monet’s gardens and home.

Giverny for the Day

There are many parts where the flowers are growing wild, other spots that are still maintained. All absolutely gorgeous.

Giverny for the Day

Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

The line to get in the house was quite long, so while other members of our tour stood and waited, Mr. Misadventures and I were content to sit at one of the benches and enjoy the lush, green gardens.

Giverny for a Day

Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

We met a local one who decided to do a Sunday visit to the gardens as well and it was so lovely chatting with her and learning some of the local histories about the house and neighborhood. Everything happens for a reason. Sitting on the bench allowed me to meet someone who shared stories about the property.

The group decided to walk around the town a little before heading back to the train station. As we walked around, we spotted this beautiful field of Red poppies (coquelicots).

Giverny for the Day

Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

While I highly recommend Context Travel, Marie definitely enhanced our trip, this is a trip that you can do easily on your own while visiting Paris. It is a short train ride from Gare St-Lazare station in Paris to Vernon station. Grab a bus from the station (you can purchase your ticket at that time – have cash) to Giverny and make a day of it!

Here are impressions from other friends who have spent a day in Giverny:

Kasia of Love in the City of Lights wrote about Monet’s Masterpiece.
Lindsey of Lost in Cheeseland wrote about spending an afternoon with Monet.
Rashmi of Go Beyond Bounds wrote about spending time in a garden born and cherished by a painter’s imagination!

How about you? Have you been to Giverny? How about the home of other artists?

Here are more highlights of Giverny from AFAR.

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tanya taylor

Sunday 6th of December 2015

I love love love this blog ....photos, experiences, interviews....everything!! You are truly living your dream!

Gavrila

Wednesday 14th of October 2015

It's not hard to see where Monet got his inspiration from

Julia Rose

Monday 26th of January 2015

These pictures are absolutely exquisite. I'd love to go to Paris.

Andi Fisher

Monday 26th of January 2015

@Julia, do you have something you are particularly looking forward to seeing there?

Wendy Lindsey

Monday 20th of October 2014

What an exciting life you live! I've never left the shores of the US, hope to change that one day. I wanted to tell you that I can't get the boxes to work on your main blog page. It's stuck on random. Just thought you'd want to know! Thanks for sharing! Love Love Love that flower close-up. What a gorgeous color!

Andi Fisher

Monday 20th of October 2014

@Wendy, thanks for letting me know, there are a couple of other weird things going on because I refreshed my blog design over the weekend, I have someone helping me fix them, so much appreciated! There is so much to explore in the U.S. we are so lucky to have just about everything here in our own country.

Elaine Rumsey

Friday 3rd of October 2014

Lovely photos!