Claude Monet's House and Garden in Giverny

Visiting Claude Monet's house in Giverny is like stepping into one of his paintings. 

Monet himself has chosen all the colours for the house and plants for the garden. He has decided to paint the walls pink and the shutters green.

The Gardens are divided into two different parts: a flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese inspired water garden on the other side of the road.

The Clos-Normand was modeled after Monet's own artistic vision. He spent years transforming the garden into a living en plein air painting, planting thousands of flowers in straight-lined patterns. Depending on the time of the year you visit Monet's house you will see different flowers and plants in bloom. In 2016 the house and garden are open everyday from the 25th March to the 1st November.

All the rooms in the house are filled with lots of light and offer great views of the garden. 

 Monet's first studio, that later became his smoking room where the painter welcomed his visitors, art dealers, critics and collectors.

Monet's first studio, that later became his smoking room where the painter welcomed his visitors, art dealers, critics and collectors.

 Blue sitting room

Blue sitting room

 Yellow dining room

Yellow dining room

Second part of the garden - the water garden shows Monet's fascination for Japan, with it's green Japanese bridge covered with wisteria, other smaller bridges, bamboo and above all the famous waterlilies that unfortunately were not in full bloom when I visited but should be in bloom all summer long. 

 Those ladies looked like they've just stepped from Monet's paintings

Those ladies looked like they've just stepped from Monet's paintings