With school being over, I finally took it upon myself to head out on a day trip to Giverny, best known as the location of impressionist painter Claude Monet’s home and garden, with my friend Jasmine. Traveling to and from the small town is rather easy what with several trains running the trip daily, stopping at the nearby town of Vernon (~18€). From there, we had to wait for a coach bus, which cost 4€ round trip, that took us to Giverny.
It didn’t quite occur to me until we arrived in the town that there really wasn’t anything else to do except to see Monet’s home and gardens. The long line leading into the estate moves rather quickly. Unfortunately, the usual art history NYU card and under 26 Paris VII card combo has no use here. Saying that you are a student hacks off a bit of the fee, but you’re still forking over 5€.
Upon entering, the garden is quite lovely with its wide array of flowers. Head to where the waterlilies are, duck through a short underground passage and emerge to find a somewhat different atmosphere. More shady than the other section because of the large trees, dabbles of lily pads and waterlilies decorate the pond. The croaking of the well-hidden frogs can also be heard, as they create some kind of melody.
We also entered Monet’s house, and while it was impressive to see where the painter spent his final years, it was rather difficult to appreciate what with the number of people visiting. Perhaps the most impressive room of the house was the kitchen, which was incredibly spacious and full of cooking equipment.
One can easily spend a couple of hours just in the gardens, but outside of the estate, there isn’t much to do. In which case, we headed on back to Paris, where I hurried home before heading on over to Parson’s annual fashion show.