Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Monet's Giverny

Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:04am EDT
 
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By Patricia Reaney

GIVERNY, France (Reuters Life!) - Although it is only an hour from Paris, Giverny, the village where Impressionist artist Claude Monet lived and worked, is a world away from the French capital.

With its tranquil country lanes, ivy-covered stone houses, rolling hills and the lush gardens Monet created next to the house where he lived for 43 years, the village offers a calm respite from the busy streets of Paris.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a 48-hour visit to the French village that was at the center of the Impressionist movement.

FRIDAY

6:00 p.m. - Giverny is a small hamlet but there are a variety of places to stay including a two-star hotel La Musardiere (www.lamusardiere.fr/giverny), chambre d'hote, or bed and breakfast accommodation, and holiday homes known as gites, which can be rented by the week or for shorter stays.

7:00 - After unpacking and relaxing, take a walk through the lanes to get a feel of village life after the busloads of tourists and day-trippers from Paris have left.

For antique lovers L'Echoppe, a tiny shop on the Rue Blanche Hoschede-Monet is open until 7:30 p.m. during the summer season (lechoppe-antiquites.giverny@orange.fr).

Stroll down Rue du Colombier to No. 7 to see the Maison Rose, which was the home of the dancer Isadora Duncan and the artists Vaclav Radminsky and William Howard Hunt. Further up at No. 5 is where Theodore Butler, an American Impressionist painter who married two of Monet's stepdaughters, lived.   Continued...