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             Small Group Tours: Travel for Women

Spotlight Monets Garden

                                                                                    MONETS GARDEN

You don’t need to be a gardener, or art lover to enjoy our HIGHLIGHT of the month, Monet’s Garden in Giverny in France, it has something for everyone, is a truly memorable experience and one that shouldn’t be missed!


Giverny, is a small village in Normandy,  approx. one hour from Paris ..Claude Monet noticed the village of Giverny while looking out of a train window. He made up his mind to move there and rented a house and the area surrounding it. In 1890 he had enough money to buy the house and land outright and set out to create the magnificent gardens he wanted to paint.                                                                              


The artist created a lasting and wonderful garden filled with sights sounds smells and visual delights at every turn. The garden was where he did many of his paintings and the inspirational scenes remain today. Visiting Monet's garden is like walking around inside an impressionist painting.


The water lily pond with the Japanese bridge that features in one of the artists most famous - and certainly most reproduced and recognised - paintings forms the centre point of the garden. The plants grow in great drifts of colour and you can clearly see where the inspiration for the impressionist style of painting came from. Not all of the garden is based around flowers. Some of the most pleasant sights are of the lawns and shrubs planted by Claude Monet - his eye for design and balance is to be found everywhere you look - even in the smallest details. Monet's characteristic pink house with green shutters is festooned with roses and on the walls inside his simply appointed house hang his collection of Japanese prints. In front of the house a cornucopia of colour inhabited by bees and butterflies stretches down to the wall by the road.



Monet lived in the house by the garden from 1883 until he died in 1926 and he believed that the garden was his greatest masterpiece - a bigger work than any of the paintings that the garden gave life to. The gardens are maintained by great squads of gardeners and helpers who work from dawn to dusk year round to ensure that the gift to the world left by the artist is regenerated year after year.


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