Culture, Sightseeing, Travel

Essential Paris Day Trip: Giverny

Last year I wrote about the Top 5 Museums in Paris for fans of Monet, and I included Giverny as a bonus pick. I only briefly mentioned it, but I think it’s such a must-see day trip from Paris that I’m devoting a whole post about it!

I highly recommend visiting in the spring or summer so you can see the flowers in full bloom. It’s amazing to see what Monet’s house might have looked like when he lived there surrounded by different varieties of flowers. It’s like his works of art have come to life!

Even Monet’s charming pink house with its pastel colored accents is surrounded by flowers. I happened to take a photo when this visitor was on the stairs, and he kind of could be Monet just taking a break from painting a masterpiece. 😉

Paris in Boston Giverney

In front of his house is his beautiful gardens. One of my favorite Monet paintings is of a path in his garden that’s surrounded by flowers of all different colors. I feel (or wish) I could just step right into that painting. I wanted to try to recreate that painting in the next photo, but I’m not sure how successful I was.

Paris Giverny gardens

I was most excited to see Monet’s Japanese bridge and water lilies come to life since they were the subject of many of his most famous paintings. When I saw the bridge in person, I completely understood why Monet painted the Japanese bridge and water lilies in so many of his works. They were jaw-droppingly stunning! I felt like I stepped back in time and was seeing exactly what inspired Monet all those years ago.

Paris Giverny japanese gardens

I took so many photos of the Japanese bridge and water lilies – there wasn’t a bad angle!

Giverny Monet's gardens Japanese bridge
Monet’s Japanese bridge paintings come to life

It really was a fairy land here. I can also imagine these gardens in a scene from Alice in Wonderland.

Paris in Boston Giverney

Back at the gardens, I wandered around some more and just appreciated the beauty of nature. I wish I could live here!

Paris in Boston Giverney

Back in Monet’s house, you can see his famous yellow kitchen and this room that had replicas of some of his famous works of art. As you can see, it was very popular!

Paris Giverny inside Monet's house

I hoped you enjoyed this short tour of Monet’s Giverny! I didn’t want to spoil it for you, so I just presented some of the highlights. I highly recommend Giverny if you’re ever in Paris, it’s so worth seeing in person!