Hello, it’s me Marimonda!
Today I’d like to guide you to Giverny, a suburb city of Paris. Aka a town of Claude Monet, one of the most famous french impressionists.
The journey begins at Saint Lazare station in Paris. Get a ticket to Vernon, and it takes about 50 mins by train. I took one at 8:19 a.m. which arrives at Giverny around 9 a.m. Since Vernon is a tiny station and most of them are going to Monet’s house and its garden, you can just follow the others to get out.
There are two ways to go to Giverny; taking a mini-train which cost € 8 (for a round trip), or a bus € 7 (for a round trip). When you get out the station, you will see the white mini-train right in front of the station, and a bus stop a bit away (1-2 mins by foot). I took a train to enjoy the air on the way to town. On the way to the town, it passes Le Vieux Moulin, Le Château des Tourelles, and La Tour des Archives. The first mini-train leaves at 9:10. It says the time table can be slightly different every day, therefore it is recommended to take a picture of the time table on the mini-train.
When you buy the entrance ticket online, you can choose the time either 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. In my case, I reserved for 9:30 a.m. but I was late about 20 mins due to the traffic problem. It seemed like they already share the issues and there were not many people on the queue yet, thus it wasn’t a big issue for me to get in. At the entrance there were two lines, one for with ticket and the other one without ticket. You can show your ticket to any agent and they will let you know where to go.
The house is full of his art pieces and collections. Especially he collected many Japanese printings. In his bedroom, there are two big windows which might allow him to nature and light. Seeing the garden in his bedroom, I was impressed by divers natural colors and sunshine. Claude Monet is also known as a gourmet. As if proving it, the last part of the house is a kitchen that is big and well-equipped.
After looking around the house, you can continue the trip to wild garden (Water Lilies). Monet drew a lot of series of Water Lilies and you can see them all around the world. It is about 250 oil painting series. You can see his some representative Water Lilies collections in Orangerie museum. The atelier where he drew the series are now a souvenir shop.
Unfortunately, I made a huge mistake in this trip. I thought a half day would be sufficient to look around the town. Since I reserved the train ticket returning to Paris, I had to leave after visiting the house and the garden (The time management can be different from person to person). I might visit there again in July to look around the town. If you visit the place by yourself, allow you enough time to walk around and grab a cup of coffee (even a meal) in the town. Most of organized trips are visiting Giverny and Auvers-sur-Oise in a day (sometimes they also visit Rouen, three places in a day).
A round trip train ticket from Paris to Giverny : around € 20-30, about 50 mins(one way)
A round trip mini-train or bus : € 7-8, about 10-15 mins (one way)
An entrance ticket : adult ( € 10.50), student and a person aged 7~18 ( €7.5)