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.
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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.
I was not disappointed. As I said above. It is a dream world. One that is a lovely shade of soft green.
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Throughout our visit, Marie chatted with us, providing insight into the grounds and the life of Monet.
Because the green was so vibrant, the colors in the flowers popped even brighter.
Gorgeous shades of red and purple.
After visiting the ponds we headed to Monet's gardens and home.
There are many parts where the flowers are growing wild and other spots that are still maintained. All absolutely gorgeous.
The line to get into 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.
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.
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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).
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!
- From Context Travel: Giverny Tour: A Journey to Monet's Impressionist Garden
- From Viator:
- From Get Your Guide:
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.
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How about you? Have you been to Giverny? How about the home of other artists?
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- Look for fares using sites like Skyscanner or Expedia.com.
- For France (Paris) coming from the West Coast, I typically fly Air France or United. From the East Coast, I typically fly Air France or Delta.
- If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. Not only will you have a spot to relax before your flight and charge your devices, but you can eat and drink for free (without paying crazy airport prices!)
- I use Expedia.com, Booking.com, and Hotels.com to find lodging. Always check the reviews on TripAdvisor before booking!
- For rental car agencies, try Rentalcars.com. When traveling in Europe, I use AutoEurope to make reservations. They find the best rates and allow you to compare different car rental agencies. I typically book with Sixt.
- For transportation from the CDG airport to anywhere within Paris, consider pre-booking with Get Transfer. It is one way to be stress-free and you can request an English-speaking driver.
- Tours + Atractions
- I book tours with companies like Viator and GetYourGuide. Both have a wide variety of activities for every travel style. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
- If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City.
- Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities.
- If you are looking to buy tickets to attractions, check out Tiquet.
- Don't Forget Travel Photos
- One of my favorite things to do is to get photos taken of me while on vacation. Flytographer is a great option with photographers all over the world.
- Peace of Mind
- It’s important to have some type of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen accidents, illnesses, threats, or cancellations. I always travel with insurance and would recommend SafetyWing, SquareMouth or Travelex Insurance are good options.
- Should you have any trouble with flight delays to the extent you feel you deserve compensation, I encourage you to check out and use AirHelp. I used them and for 1 claim I got compensated (transparency: a 2nd claim did not, but I was still glad I tried!).