This walk include a stroll through Monet’s Normandy house and gardens, the American museum, and a meal at the Hôtel Baudy, once an artists’ haunt. This walk is best after visiting the Musée de l’Orangerie or Musée Marmottan in Paris.
The Fondation Claude Monet(84 rue Claude Monet) is a time-warp visit to the home where Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived from 1883 to 1926. The pink-and-green house is furnished as it was at the time, with reproductions of some of his paintings and the Japanese prints he collected. Outside is the flower garden with ots cherry trees and roses. A tunnel leads to the water garden, planted by Monet just so he could paint it. If you’ve seen Monet’s water lily paintings at the Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée Marmottan, you’ll recognize the weeping willow trees, the green Japanese bridge, and the little boat, looking just as they do in the paintings. Continue up rue Claude Monet. The Musée d’Art Américain(99 rue Claude Monet) has temporary exhibitions of American art and displays of the many American artists who flocked to Giverny in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There’s a pleasant café and a garden divided into squares of different colors. Continue up the street to the Ancien Hôtel Baudy(81 rue Claude Monet). It’s nice to eat outside but even more atmospheric inside, with old furniture and paintings by some of the guests who stayed here when the inn was a gathering place for artists. After your meal, visit the pretty garden at the rear, where two artists’ studios have been preserved.
Metro Station : Train from Gare Saint-Lazare to Vernon, then a taxi