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Monday, July 14, 2014

Monet’s Home at Giverny

I have been dreaming about visiting Claude Monet’s home and garden for over 12 years. It finally happened and the experience was completely magical. It was everything I had hoped it would be.

On an early Sunday morning my cousin and I made our way to Saint-Lazare Paris train station (la gare). If traveling by car or on foot the address is 13, Rue d'Amsterdam 75008 Paris. As Giverny is a popular tourist destination I opted to purchased our train tickets well in advance from an online website HERE. At the time of the purchase I thought the ticket prices were a bit high. Once we arrived at the station I learned why. The company had sold us 4 tickets when we only needed two. I was able to get the other two tickets refunded but I recommend that you pay close attention when purchasing from this site.

“Saint Lazare Station in Paris, Arrival of a Train” ~ Claude Monet, 1877

As the gardens open at 9:30 am we opted for the very first train departure from Paris to Vernon (a town close to the village of Giverny.) After a 45 minute train ride we took a tour bus from the Vernon station to Monet’s home/gardens for a nominal fee.

“By the River at Vernon” ~ Monet, 1883 

I had also purchased advanced tickets to tour Monet’s home and garden on the Giverny website HERE. I strongly recommend that you do this so you can avoid at least one long line. (But tickets are available for purchase at the site itself.) Upon entering the site we noticed there was already a queue (line) to visit the interior of the home so we joined in and we’re quite thankful we did as the line quickly grew three times as long. While we waited my cousin and I took pictures of one another in front of the famous pink farmhouse with green shutters.

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There is no photography allowed inside the house. All of the following photo’s are from the Giverny site. But lest you think you can skip the tour please know that the pictures do not do the space justice. You must see the magnificent colors in person.

“Garden Path at Giverny” ~ Monet, 1902 

Monet first rented the farmhouse and then later purchased the property. He lived in the home for 43 years from 1883 until his passing in 1926. He enlarged the home to fit his growing family which included his two sons, Jean and Michel, whom he had with his first wife, Camille, who died shortly after their second child was born. A family friend, Alice Hoschedé, moved in with her 5 children to help care for the two boys. At the time she was pregnant with her sixth child by her husband, Ernest, who had all but abandoned her. Claude and Alice would eventually marry in 1892 after Ernest’s death. Monet considered Alice’s children to be his own and one daughter, Blanche Hoschedé Monet, grew to be a fine painter in her own right. She married Monet’s eldest son, Jean, in 1897.

“House and Garden of Claude Monet” ~ Blanche Hoschede Monet

Monet also created a studio in the barn next to the house. Chickens can still be found there today.

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However he preferred to paint outdoors which is a technique known as “en plein air”.

“Spring at Giverny” ~ Monet, 1886

Monet chose all the colors for the home. He did not care for the traditional deep and heavy colors favored by most Victorian’s. The tour begins in the blue sitting room.

Throughout the house there are colorful cement tile floors that were popular during Monet’s era as well as lovely wood floors. Although some of the flooring is covered by beautiful large carpets such as those found in his studio within the house.


I absolutely adored the sunny yellow used in the dining room

Claude Monet dining room Giverny

Judging by the glorious light streaming through the windows it was easy to see why Monet chose this home.

Monet even selected all of the china that was used in the home.

“The Tea Set” ~ Monet, 1872

Oh but it was the kitchen with its cheerful blue tiles and gleaming copper pots that truly was a delight.

Claude Monet Giverny Kitchen

That stove! Be still my heart.

Even the curtains were charming. Of course they also provided a glimpse into the stunning gardens which we will view in the next post.

What do you think of the colors Monet chose for his home? Monet’s Lily Pond


A link to: Monet’s Water Lily Pond


A link to: Monet’s Jardin Clos Normand


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Patti said...

Great post. Fun to see that I have very similar kitchen chairs. I painted mine a boring black! Looking forward to see the gardens. Thanks for all the posts about France. They are nice to read and very informative.

GSGreatEscaper said...

No boring beige for Le Maitre! Glad to see that my love of color in decorating is endorsed by the best. Thanks!

Meri Wiley said...

Jealous, or verde with envy

Karena Albert said...

Dear Laura, thank you so much for this post on your travels to Giverny...a dream come true. The studio is my favorite room!

The Arts by Karena

Lorrie said...

I love those colours. The yellow dining room might be a little intense, but oh, so cheerful!

Kiki Nakita said...

I last went to Monet's gardens in 2001 or 2002 for a school art trip. I don't remember much about the house, but remembered more gardens being on the other side of the road, as if we went through a tunnel. There were the ponds, more gardens and that famous bridge he painted. I was 15 or so at the time and crowded amongst too many people, you were lucky it doesn't seem as if it was as busy for you.

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

What a wonderful virtual vacation you took us on. Thank you so much.


Maureen Wyatt said...

I'm taking a guess that none of the original artwork is in the house because of it's value. I love the house because it shows the man truly lived his art in every aspect of his life. His home became another canvas to paint.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How amazing! You should have these photos put into one of those photo books! What a gorgeous place to see in person! WOW! Sweet hugs, Diane

Simply Suzannes at Home said...

Simply Suzannes at Home

Hi Laura!
I'm new to your blog, via StoneGable's The Scoop. So happy that I came by this morning.
This post is just amazing. I love all the photos and taking a look into art history. It's so incredible that you were there . . . walking the same floors that he did many, many years ago. So happy that your dream came true :0)
Thanks for sharing with us!
Have a beautiful week,

Susan said...

Oh my, Laura. So thrilled the home was all you dreamed. That kitchen! Oh my goodness. How gorgeous and so bright and cheerful. Loved all. Susan

therelishedroost said...

Oh I love Giverny, that was a fabulous post!

Nicole Bedford said...

Thanks for such a beautiful and inspiring post! So lovely.

The Boston Lady said...

I love them! What a surprise to me to see it decorated in that way! I never would have known if I hadn't read this post, Laura. I am a yellow girl, so I think the dining room is my favorite. I love the sweet picture of the kitty right out side the kitchen window. La Chat. Ann

Richella Parham said...

Oh, my word, Laura! What a wonderful trip! Thanks for giving us the tour. :)

I'll be in France for the next couple of weeks. We'll be close to Giverny, but I don't know if we'll actually make it there, since I'll be traveling with my husband and three sons. Who knows? Maybe we'll have a day devoted to impressionism! I'd also love to see the cathedral at Rouen. Love Monet's paintings of that!

Tanya Anurag said...

Oh my God... after looking at these pictures I want to visit that place. Such beautiful paintings!


Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

So beautiful! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features tonight at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to the party. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

The Charm of Home said...

Beautiful! Thanks for taking us along!

Rita C. said...

Beautiful, Laura! My Quimper Soleil matched Monet's kitchen wall color! It's so bright! I love how he was inspired to go against the darkness of the Victorian group-think. Beautiful.

Angelina PeoniesandOrangeBlossoms said...

I have never been to Giverny (it's on the bucket list). What a pretty place!