When we visited Paris, we wanted to take a day trip out of the city to see a village. We ended up planning our day trip to Giverny, which is also known as Monet’s village. Getting to Giverny was pretty simple and, being only an hour from Paris, made for a very doable day trip. From the train station in Paris, we bought a round trip train ticket to Vernon. Once we arrived in Vernon, we took a short taxi ride from the train station into Giverny. Taking a bus from Vernon into Giverny is another option and we did this on the way back in the evening.
It was a really enjoyable day. The village itself was beautiful with old stone buildings lining the streets, and it was a surreal feeling to walk through Monet’s house and gardens. After you walk through the gardens outside his house you enter his water garden. Walking through his water garden especially felt like we were in one of his paintings. Unfortunately, my camera died as we entered his gardens, but once again my iPhone came to the rescue, at least providing me with some pictures. After seeing his gardens, we walked through his house. His studio was amazing and had replicas of his artwork hanging all over.
We went to the Giverny Museum of Impressionism before heading to catch the train back into Paris. The museum consisted primarily of collections by several of Monet’s close friends and fellow impressionist painters. The museum, however, did not have any Monet paintings.
The weather in Giverny that day was probably the most pleasant of our entire 2 week trip. We had lunch at a cafeteria in the town with outdoor seating. There are several restaurants and cute cafe options to choose from in the village. And, of course, the food was delicious (it is France, after all.)
I definitely recommend taking a day trip to Giverny. If you had extra time and left early enough in the morning you could even head on to Rouen after finishing in Giverny.
Keep posted for a nutrition article coming later this week on the 5 summer treats I’ve been enjoying this year!