Monet's Garden, Giverny, France
The great French artist Claude Monet built the Giverny garden himself on a patch of land he purchased in 1883. Monet had a true passion for gardening, and walking through the garden today feels like stepping into one of his paintings, with wild, vivid flowers organized by colors laid out as he planned them. In fact, many of Monet's famous works of art were inspired by and painted in Giverny. He also built the Japanese garden in the second part of the park, which is now a place of tranquillity, but which scared his neighbours when they first saw these odd foreign plants!
The landscape of Monet's Garden changes with the seasons. In the spring, you'll find tulips, pansies, and cherry trees in bloom. In the summer, roses and water lilies line the garden. In the fall, rudbeckias, asters, and dahlias are in full force.
Giverny itself is a small, rustic town in Normandy, Northern France. The center of the town is the Impressionist Museum, which celebrates the work of Monet and the many artists he inspired. Elsewhere, you can enjoy a traditional French welcome with excellent food and wine. You can get there by train from Paris, which is around 45 miles away.
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Address: 84 Rue Claude Monet, 27620 Giverny, France