Fran­cofile

Get the most out of Giverny for an artis­tic brush with na­ture

France - - Monet’s Garden -

GET­TING THERE

David trav­elled to Giverny with Shear­ings Hol­i­days (0344 874 8220; shear­ings. com) who of­fer a five-day Paris, Ver­sailles and Monet’s Gar­den coach tour on se­lected dates April to Oc­to­ber 2019. Prices from £419pp based on two shar­ing, in­clud­ing four nights half board at the Novo­tel Cergy Pon­toise ho­tel, coach travel, re­turn Euro­tun­nel cross­ing and a full-day ex­cur­sion to the Palace of Ver­sailles and Monet’s Gar­den with en­try fee in­cluded. By car, fol­low the A13 from Paris, exit 14 Ver­nonGiverny. By rail, SNCF line Paris Saint Lazare-rouen to Ver­non-giverny.

GET­TING AROUND

Two op­tions for shut­tling be­tween Giverny and the near­est train sta­tion. The lit­tle train (giver­non.fr/; €8 re­turn) trun­dles the 3km route in 20 min­utes. The shut­tle bus (sngo.fr/fr/ ho­raires-timeta­bles/79; €10 re­turn) of­fers air con­di­tion­ing and free Wifi en route. Both run end March to Novem­ber.

WHERE TO STAY Les Rouges Gorges

6 Rue aux Juifs 27620 Giverny Tel: (Fr) 2 32 51 02 96 lesrouges­gorges.com Three rus­tic cham­bre d’hôtes and gîte-style op­tions lo­cated close to the cen­tre of Giverny to ex­plore the vil­lage af­ter the coach par­ties have de­parted. Gar­den stu­dio from €90 per night, fam­ily house from €150 per night (sleeps four), in­clud­ing break­fast.

Ho­tel Nor­mandy

1 Av­enue Pierre Mendès France 27200 Ver­non Tel: (Fr) 2 32 51 97 97 nor­mandy-ho­tel.fr/en/ This is a sim­ple but homely three-star ho­tel for an overnight stay in Ver­non, hence ideal for on­ward rail con­nec­tions. The as­so­ci­ated bistro, Le Cot­tage, of­fers evening meals. Dou­bles from €105 per night, in­clud­ing break­fast.

WHERE TO EAT Ho­tel Baudy

81 Rue Claude Monet 27620 Giverny Tel: (Fr) 2 32 21 10 03 restau­rant­baudy.com The his­toric ho­tel and restau­rant be­came the artis­tic hub of vil­lage life af­ter open­ing in 1887 and hosted many din­ners be­tween Monet and his con­fi­dante Pres­i­dent Cle­menceau. To­day there’s a bustling restau­rant plus ex­hi­bi­tions and art events. Open March to Novem­ber; set menu €29.90.

Co­cottes & Bou­chons

71 Rue Carnot 27200 Ver­non Tel: (Fr) 2 32 64 10 44 co­cot­teet­bou­chon­ver­non.fr Ver­non doesn’t have a huge ar­ray of places for din­ing out but this restau­rant is rec­om­mended by the lo­cal tourist of­fice for its hon­est cui­sine with a lo­cal flavour. Open Tues­day to Satur­day and Sun­day lunchtime; set menu from €20.

WHERE TO VISIT Musée de Ver­non

12 Rue du Pont 27200 Ver­non Tel: (Fr) 2 32 21 28 09 This small mu­seum is home to the two works by Monet ex­hib­ited clos­est to Giverny, in­clud­ing Falaise à Pourville (1896), plus works by Monet’s step-daugh­ter Blanche Hoschedé Monet.

Musée des Im­pres­sion­nismes

99 Rue Claude Monet 27620 Giverny Tel: (Fr) 2 32 51 94 65 mdig.fr/en A mod­ernist mu­seum de­voted to Monet’s legacy and in­flu­ence on the next-gen­er­a­tion artists who fol­lowed him to the Seine Val­ley. Open end March to 1 Novem­ber; adult/child €7.50/3.50.

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