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Have you been to Paris? A day trip that may be worth your while is seeing Monet’s house and garden in Giverny. It will definitely take you all day (to get there, see house and garden, get back) but I don’t think you will be disappointed.

It’s about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Paris and if you take a train it will take you about an hour.  You can book your tickets on but don’t let the French wording on the website scare you. On the upper right hand corner of the website there is a tab you can click to the left of SNCF La Radio.  Then you select English (or German, that’s also an option) and voila! You can now navigate easily on the website.

The roundtrip ticket will cost you around 27 Euro or $35.00.

You can also buy your tickets in person at gare Saint Lazare (Subway services from this station: Line 3, 12, 13, 14). I would recommend buying your tickets in advance (a day should be fine) just in case you get to the station and the tickets are sold out. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

You can also go with a tour if that makes you more comfortable, you can google day tours to giverny from paris and you will be given many options. Just know that this option will be more expensive because you will be getting a guide.

I rode the train, I didn’t need a guide because all I wanted to do was see the beautiful lillies. Your entrance fee gets you access to the house and the garden. I barely paid attention to the home, I just wanted to get out and see Monet’s garden because I had heard about it for years and seriously, it didn’t disappoint AT ALL. It’s simply captivating.  All picture were taken by yours truly.

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Fondation Claude Monet, rue Claude Monet 27620 Giverny
Open daily  from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm, l
ast entrance at 5.30 pm
From April 1st to November 1st.

Entrance:  Adults and seniors are 7 euros, children under 12 5 euros.


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  1. Was just in Paris in early March and I really wanted to take this day trip, but they were still closed for the season. I think they opened just after I left, so I’ll have to add this back to my list.


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