The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Holidays For Seniors - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

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.

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