“I work at my garden all the time and with love. What I need most are flowers, always. My heart is forever in Giverny.” ~ Monet
Being at Monet’s Garden in Giverny was like being in a dream, I felt as though I was floating through a painting. I can still remember how I felt when I first set eyes on the works of Monet at an Impressionist exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. I got lost in the brush strokes, could smell the sweet perfume from the flowers, hear the wind rustle through the willow trees and see my reflection amongst the lily pads. So you can imagine how much I was looking forward to the garden that inspired the art I love. The garden was full of colour and life. It is not hard to see why Monet was so inspired by his beautiful surrounds. A tour through his home gave an interesting insight in the life he lead, the art that he surrounded himself with every day.
Getting There: Giverny is easily accessible from Paris, in fact it makes the perfect day trip from Paris, full of art, gardens and historical charm. The easiest way to get to Giverny is to take the train to Vernon. From Vernon there is a shuttle bus that departs regularly to Giverny, however, I recommend hiring a bike from the cafe opposite the station, should the weather allow. The ride through Vernon into Giverny was stunning, especially on the ride back as the sun set behind the town.