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Our Lady Collegiate church in Vernon
A whole site dedicated to this monumeent (in English)
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Vernon half-timbered houses
A whole site about our numerous old houses (In French only, sorry !)
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Vernon Giverny Website auf deutsch

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The Old Mill in Vernon
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Monet's house and garden at Giverny
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The XIIth c. castle keep in Vernon
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Visits, indeed, but there are so many other things to do in Vernon
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Walking and cycling around Vernon
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Museums in Vernon (paintings by Monet) and Giverny
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A walk in the streets of Giverny
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The water lily pond at Giverny
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Tourelles castle in Vernon
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On the steps of the Giverny painters:
a short walking tour in the hills aboove the village




The tour is highly recommended to make your visit of Giverny complete if you can spare around 3/4 of an hour  before you leave.  No visitor comes back without being delighted with the lanscape, the very lanscape that Claude Monet and other painters liked so much - a guarantee of its beauty...



Blair Bruce, Rain in  Giverny

Alson Skinner Clark, Giverny 1910

Theodore Robinson, From the hill

Theodore Robinson, Giverny

The tour starts from the Village Hall and offers  lovely views over the village and the Epte  and Seine valleys,  painted by numerous artists such as Theodore Robinson, Monet, Blair Bruce and others...

The walk is mostly on good grass-covered and fairly level paths, with a steeper (but short) passage.

(You will find a map farther down the page.)



A grass-covered path for a very nice walk...


 

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Tourists interested in botany find here the remants of former sheep pastures with a number of remarkable plants betraying an important sub-mediterranean influence [one can see, for instance Astragale de Montpellier (Astragalus monspessulanus) and other plants such as Bugrane naine (Ononis pusilla), Orobanche de la Germandrée (Orobanche teucrii) or Hélianthème blanchâtre (Helianthenum oelandicum ssp incanum) ].  
Moreover, until the beginning of the XXth century, the hills were covered with  vineyards . A few vine stocks can still be seen (along the upper path) as well as some plants usually living with vine, sucha as  false garlic (Alium vineale),  tassell hyacinth (Muscari comosum) and field marigold    (Calendula arvensis).


Astragalus monspessulanus

Vicia lutea

Muscari comosum

Please refer to the page of the Conservatoire des Sites Naturels de Haute Normandie (Preservation trust of natural sites in Haute Normandie) for more details about the vegetation of these karstic expanses or calcareous brushwood or meadows through which the walk passes.

http://www.cren-haute-normandie.com/carte/fiches/Site_Giverny1.pdf    (Website in French only)



Giverny and the Epte valley in a misty late
October afternoon

The valley


A misty late October afternoon




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 : the history of the artists who came to Giverny in Monet's time