Giverny is a commune in the Eure department in northern France. It sits on the right bank of the River Seine where the river Epte meet the Seine. The village lies 80 km from Paris in the old province of Normandy. It is best known as the location of Claude Monet’s garden and home. Other attractions include the Museum of Impressionism Giverny, dedicated to the history of impressionism and the Giverny art colony, and the Hôtel Baudy, which was the centre of artistic life in Giverny’s heyday. It is now a café and restaurant, with period decoration. Claude Monet noticed the village of Giverny while looking out of a train window. He made up his mind to move there and rented a house and the area surrounding it. In 1890 he had enough money to buy the house and land outright and set out to create the magnificent gardens he wanted to paint. Some of his most famous paintings were of his garden in Giverny, famous for its rectangular Clos Normand, with archways of climbing plants entwined around coloured shrubs, and the water garden, formed by a tributary to the Epte, with the Japanese bridge, the pond with the water lilies, the wisterias and the azaleas. Monet lived in the house with its famous pink crushed brick façade from 1883 until his death in 1926. Credit: Wikipedia.
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