A visit to Monet’s Garden (or “Les Jardins de Claude Monet”) in Giverny, France, was definitely on my bucket list.
A little difficult to get to via public transport, it was a perfect place to break our long drive from central France to Belgium this month – especially since May was touted as the best time to go to see the garden in full bloom.
And, in keeping with the garden theme, we also drove via Versailles to visit the gardens of the Chateau (and just as well that was all we planned to do, because the palace – with the gilt sparkling in the sun – was truly enormous with hoards of visitors pouring in).
I was a little disappointed that the gardens were not planted out, however they were still stunning in their design.
And the fountains, though not running, were also amazing.
The enormity of the grounds was breathtaking.
And the groves, fenced off but with an enticing gate ajar here and there, were a relief against the rigid structure of the rest of the garden.
Only an hour’s drive away, we arrived at Monet’s Garden and I held my excitement at bay just in case they too were not at their absolute best (France had experienced some very late snow this year which may have disrupted normal planting cycles). But I had nothing to worry about.
Oh, it was food for the soul!
Groupings of harmonising or contrasting colours, every which way you looked was a feast for the eyes.
The house was also interesting (and included in the entry fee)…
but for me, Monet’s Garden was absolutely spectacular and a sight I will never forget.