GIVERNY, France – It’s hard to see the colors, smell the flowers, and appreciate the surroundings of someone who died early 100 years ago. The Alumi Travel Group journeyed to Giverny, home of impressionist artist Claude Monet. His home and gardens remain much as they were when he died in 1926.
The property caretakers are meticulous in maintaining the wide range of floral cover around the artist’s home. It’s remarkable to view the paintings, sketches and photographs in the home and then see the exact same floral plantings outside today.
Giverny is a charming little village clearly dependent on the Claude Monet tourist traffic. There are a handful of restaurants and a few shops but the town is all about the impressionist.
The grounds were jammed with tourists but the sheer size of the gardens allowed great picturing taking and enjoyment.
Afterwards, the group went into the village and enjoyed a rustic lunch of grilled steak and local wines at a small café.
Then It was back to Paris where the group had the remainder of the day free. Sunday will be the last full day in Paris. The group will visit one of Paris’ busiest markets for goodies and souvenirs and then have the remainder of the day four shopping and photos!