Monet’s garden at Giverny

The first stop after Paris on my whirlwind French adventure was Monet’s garden at Giverny. The house and garden at Giverny will be familiar to many who have seen Monet’s famous waterlily paintings. It was a bright sunshiny morning when I was there and even though it was relatively early in the day there were still hordes of fellow tourists everywhere. The garden was beautiful, with many of the flowers in early bloom due to the warm weather.

the famous bridge

It was the wrong time of year for the waterlilies but it’s almost never the wrong time of year for tourists.

the cherry blossoms were out all over France

Cherry blossoms are always beautiful and it was lovely to see so many of them in bloom as I travelled around the country.

most of the tulips were flowering too

The garden had so many different varieties of tulips it was amazing. They are such lovely, colourful flowers and the ones I saw below looked as if they had been painted into existence.

pink tulips from the garden

After walking through the gardens I had a look through Monet’s house. They have it set up much as it would been back in his day and there is one room filled with replicas of his paintings. The most interesting part of the house, to me, were the Japanese prints on the walls. Monet was a collector and there are prints on the wall in every room, some by well known artists such as Hiroshige and Hokusai. It was nice to see some of his influences in a place so strongly associated with Impressionism.

the front of the pretty house, complete with stroller toting tourist

Next stop – Normandy.