Having first seen Monet’s famous water lily paintings at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York, we were intrigued to see the real life water lily pond and gardens that inspired this artist. A trip to Giverny made it onto our bucket list and it was an easy 40 minute train ride (except that we missed the earliest train and experienced two train delays after) to Vernon followed by a 15 minute bus ride to the town of Giverny.
The gardens and house where Monet lived in were stunning. Flowers of every colour, shape and size were thriving and in full bloom. Clearly, inspiration is endless here. Some visitors sitting on benches around the water lily pond were sketching away . Even we were inspired to snap away on our cameras.
A little walk around Giverny town offered us more beauty in the way only small French country towns can. Beautiful blooms spilling out over quaint walls of charming houses. French shutters on every window. A church on an incline with the simplest of silhouettes.
Visiting the gardens was well worth it and we’re looking forward to exploring the French countryside when we finally leave Paris.