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5 TIPS TO KNOW WHEN VISITING GIVERNY:
The Gardens and House of artist Claude Monet
View of the house from the Gardens (editorial use)
1. Visiting the Gardens is usually tourists' main objective. But try to visit the house (a no-brainer if it rains). It helps to make the visit to Giverny complete. Buy a combo ticket and plan to stay in Giverny for the day. Finish up with the Musee des Impressionmisme down the street.
2. Visiting the house also makes you feel like you are getting to know Monet personally. Studying the art is one thing (always an insight to an artist's soul). See where he lived makes it intimate.
3. Even if you're not into art, you'll love the architecture and the era of the house. Monet loved Giverny and lived there from 1883 until he died in 1926. It seems as if the past and present are in the house at the same time, even almost 100 years later. History buffs will appreciate it.
4. You may feel inspired. Monet helped to inspire the Giverny Colony of impressionist artists who started living there circa 1887. If you're a beginner, don't worry, the gift shop will help you get started. You can also take home a little bit of Monet with you in many forms from socks to umbrellas.
5. You should know that the house and gardens were declared public in 1980 after extensive renovations and the creation of The Foundation Claude Monet. We certainly thank them for that because it makes touring the Gardens and the House possible. You can tour on your own or take a guided tour.
The Gardens from the House: a view to be envied
For more information: The Foundation Claude Monet