Giverny, a thumb print sized village in Normandy, northern France is where I found myself this past August to attend a friends wedding. Giverny’s main claim to fame is that it is the village where the painter Claude Monet lived in a magnificent country home. This home is where Monet painted some of his most famous works. On touring the property I was particularly taken with the beautiful gardens.
The showpiece of the property is the pond which was depicted in Monet’s most famous painting called “The Water Lilies”
I loved the fact that the garden was not overly manicured and that grass was allowed to grow tall, flowers were entangled around each other and there was a slight wildness to it all. The look was more natural.
Going anywhere in Europe in August one can expect crowds, even a tiny village in northern France is not immune from camera totting hordes. However, despite the crowds the layout and design of the garden is such that quite spots could be found where one can reflect and fully take in the stunning surroundings.
It is a surreal experience standing in a space and looking at surroundings that are depicted in the paintings of one of histories greatest painters. I would definitely suggest a trip to the Claude Monet gardens for anyone who finds themselves in this part of France.
Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny giverny.org/gardens/fcm/visitgb.htm