HOME AND AWAY
ONrue Claude Monet, the high street of little Giverny, where this most loved of French impressionist artists resided and almost endlessly painted his garden for more than 40 years, you can’t miss Hotel Baudy and neither should you. Giverny is near Vernon, 75km west of Paris, and a prettier village is hard to imagine. The twostorey Hotel Baudy, with its window boxes and rose-filled gardens, was the hub of a colony of American painters in the heyday of impressionism and there’s a rustic dining room filled with paintings or, in summer, head to the terrace with tables under plane trees and the buzz of bumble bees in the air. Settle in with, say, l’assiette
(sun platter) of salad greens and sun-ripened garden produce, perhaps a glass of Cote du Rhone in hand. The likes of Paul Cezanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Auguste Rodin and Mary Cassatt also stayed and painted here while visiting Monet; venture behind the hotel to a garden atelier (pictured), where it looks as if the artists have just laid aside their brushes. It’s a magical counterpoint to the commercialism of the Monet house. More: restaurantbaudy.com.