Vernon Giverny website in English

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La collégiale de Vernon
Un dossier complet consacré à ce monument remarquable
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Les maisons à pans de bois
Un dossier complet consacré au riche patrimoine de notre ville
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Vernon Giverny Website auf deutsch
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Le vieux moulin de Vernon
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La fondation Monet à Giverny
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La tour des archives à Vernon
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Des visites, oui, mais il y a bien autre chose a faire à Vernon
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Balades et randonnées autour de Vernon
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Les musées de Vernon et Giverny
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Une balade dans les rues de Giverny
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Le bassin des nymphéas à Giverny
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Le château des Toutelles à Vernon
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Welcome to Giverny (3)
The village


 

After this visit - almost a pilgrimage - why not stroll along the village streets lined with old houses - lots of which are adorned with flowers - and see the places where so many painters lived?

The pilgrimage can go as far as the village church - a nice little country church dedicated to Saint Radegonde, with an 11th century choir  surrounded by the churchyard where Claude Monet is buried. (His tomb is on the right hand side when entering.)  The church was recently restored, it is a haven of peace but it also  possesses artifacts that recall  the presence in Giverny of artists, both past   and contemporary. (I personally like Cambour's Christ , painted in 2010, very much.)


 
Giverny church and Monet's tomb




Wandering in the streets (they all lead to Claude Monet Street, you can't get lost in the village!) , you will evoke Monet and all the other artists who lived in Giverny,  and discover  narrow lanes,  cascades of flowers and shady nooks.


(All along Claude Monet Street information panels  indicate the houses where painters used to live and tell about the  village history.)

Le  Hameau (the Hamlet) is one of these places of memory and history. It is next to Monet's house, separated only by a  narrow lane. Several American painters lived there, particularlyLilla Cabot Perry , a successful artist, but also the one who   contributed to the Monet's  reception in the United States. Carl Frieseke also spent fifteen years in the house and painted numerous  canvasses in its garden.




Le Hameau - House and garden



Many other houses remind visitors of the time when painters crowded in Giverny. For instance
Chennevières Mill that Stanton Young transformed into a dwelling and a studio; it was one of Theodore Robinson's sources of inpiration. Or Rose House, another place  where celebrities came during decades, American painters and other artists after 1909 when it became an inn. Blanche Hoschedé,, Monet's daughter-in-law, used to paint in its garden.



Rose House; with (probably)
Blanche Hoschedé painting

Chennevières Mill

Another almost legendary place is the former Hotel Baudy. Discovered in 1886 (or 1885) by the American painter Willard Metcalf, Mrs Baudy's small café became famous thanks to the numerous artists, among whom was Cézanne and Rodin, who came to Giverny in search of inspiration. The place has hardly changed, the  dining room and the garden - a garden worth a long visit, especially  in May and June when roses are blooming: not a formal rose-garden but a tangle of roses, flowers and other plants around a XIXth c. artist studio.


Hôtel Baudy about 1900




Jgarden of the former hotel Baudy


Hôtel Baudy is not a museum but a café and restaurant and, in order to visit the garden, you may be asked to have a drink. But one or two euros for a coffee and a visit is really very cheap to be able to walk in the garden with winding alleys lined with many different kinds of flowers that take visitors up to the top of the hill. And the innumerable varieties of old roses, bending under their own weight, will suggest the charm of bygone gardens and the nostalgia of the 'Belle Epoque' in the 1900's)


An artists studio in hotel Baudy's garden



Walk along  busy or  quiet streets, here flowers galore, there on an art gallery, farther on an old  house...




Like Claude Monet, you'll enjoy a kind of microclimate with so specific a light that the Master said: "I am delighted, Giverny is a splendid place."

A splendid place, indeed!


The river Epte valley painted by Monet in 1889



A selection of  pages about Claude Monet's garden and Giverny :

Welcome to Giverny
The making of Monet's garden
List of plants and flowers
Giverny: an American colony
Monet and the villagers

To end your visit to Giverny : a nice walk in the hills above the village