Located in the small village of Giverny in the region of Normandy in northern France is Monet’s former residence and gardens. Open every day, there are two parts of Monet’s garden to explore: Clos Normand, a stunning flower garden situated in front of the house and the famous Japanese inspired water garden on the other side of the road.
Visit Clos Normand during spring for dazzling colours and beautiful blooms of tulips, daffodils, peonies and cherry blossoms, whilst dahlias will delight visitors come autumn.
In contrast, the water garden is home to a Japanese bridge crossing a large pond filled with water lilies, which feature in Monet’s famous paintings. Take a walk across the bridge which is perfectly framed by weeping willows, cherry trees, wisterias, maple trees and more, keeping with the oriental atmosphere of the garden design. Time your visit to the gardens in July and August to see the wonderful water lilies in flower.