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Weekend escape : Giverny, the home of impressionism

Weekend escape : Giverny, the home of impressionism

A hot-spot for impressionist art enthusiasts, Giverny is the ultimate weekend destination where you can discover the charms of Claude Monet’s village.

Weekend escape : Giverny, the home of impressionism

This little village nestled in Eure, a region north-west of Paris, is abundant with flowers. We can see how the flowers inspired Monet’s colour palette while he lived a happy life here. Remnants of Claude Monet, from the Museum of Impressionism and the Monet Foundation at his old house, to the Water Garden, continue to attract many visitors. On the right bank of the Seine, a visit to Giverny commences in lush green surroundings.

Giverny, impressionist landscapes made for an escapade

Passionate about gardens, Monet drew his inspiration from calming nature and as a result, attracted many American painters to the Seine valley for its bewitching glow. The area boasts rhododendron, bamboo, cherry, spruce, yew and weeping willow trees that drape over a pond of exotic floating water lilies. This is where Monet painted his Water Lilies, Le Pont Japonais and Le Clos Normand.

Giverny house
Claude Monet's former residence is home to some lesser-known works created by the impressionist artiste. © DR
Giverny  lily
As if it were a mirage, the estate’s giant water lilies come into bloom. © DR

Claude Monet, from past to present

At the foundation, you will learn about the artist’s day-to-day and how he lived his life. Monet was the frontrunner of the impressionist movement and now, visitors can admire Japanese prints, watercolours, etchings and illustrations on display within the walls of his former home. It's not to be missed ! This summer, the country setting of Giverny will be the starting point of a wonderful day out in Ile-de-France.

Giverny Japanese bridge
Lovers of the Japanese bridge which Monet built on his property will be delighted to know that he painted 45 variations of it. © DR

What to see and do in Giverny

- Musée des Impressionnismes: exhibitions, garden tours, concerts, introduction to watercolour workshops, there’s plenty here to while the day away. - Le Jardin des Plumes: In an elegant art deco setting, Michelin-starred chef Eric Guérin creates dishes inspired by impressionism. His creative use of colours, textures and taste will give you an insight into Monet’s other passion, fine gastronomy. - Stay: At Les Jardins d’Epicure. This peaceful manor set in a bend of the river Epte is renowned for its quaint restaurant which proudly uses local produce.

Gyverny - Le Jardin d'Epicure
At Le Jardin d’Epicure, the art of living comes second nature. © DR

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