End of Summer, Monet Gardens Revisited

July 2013 Gal Pals

July 2013 Gal Pals

On this second to last day of summer, I am remembering Monet’s Gardens and the warm sunshine heating up the luscious green earth outside Paris in Giverny, France. The only ones more sad than me to see the flowers fade from the landscape are the busy bees who kept the pollination process going and now must accept that winter is fast approaching. As the leaves fall and wool coats are dusted off, I am reminiscing about my visit to the vibrant gardens of the most masterful painter of water lilies in history. To see the lilies from the same vantage points as Monet was a dream come true.

Monet spent his time painting the water-lily scenes from every angle and in every type of weather in each season and by the angle of the sun. Monet was able to “freeze” time by referring back to the canvass tat corresponded to each scenario. If Giverny is too far from Paris for you to visit (1 hour train ride, plus a 15 minute bus ride to the property) you can see some of the best works from his life in Giverny in Paris. His famous water-lily paintings can be found at Musée Marmottan Monet’s permanent collection and at Musée l’Orangerie where a panoramic display gives you the next best feeling to actually being in Giverny at Monet’s home and gardens.

Please enjoy the Monet Gardens revisited and remember that all photos are the property of The Weekend In Paris. Must obtain permission before use:



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  • Sandymay
    Posted at 07:58h, 22 September Reply

    Beautiful! I was there in May, it’s truly beautiful!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 15:55h, 25 September Reply

      Hi Sandymay,

      So glad you got to see the gardens in the spring! I would love to see them in all the seasons and compare.

      I appreciate you taking the time to write in and engage with me. I hope you like my site and subscribe or come back often.


  • Susan
    Posted at 09:44h, 21 September Reply

    Bonjour Priscilla,

    We have Tuesday, Wed, Friday and Saturday free at the moment. Things we have not seen in and near Paris are Giverny, Reim or Epernay, l’Orangerie, Sacre Coeur/Montmarte, Bon Marche, Luxemborg Gardens. We are staying in St. Germain, so I am hoping for many spontaneous visits to LG. My husband wants to revisit Musee d’Orsay. On Thursday we have a 10:30-2:30 “cooking lesson” with Philippe at my Hush-Hush Paris….we meet, go to market, then go to his apartment and cook our lunch.

    Please share with me Marie’s contact information so I can find out cost and availability for Giverny.

    We arrive on Thurs. Oct 3 and head straight to Gare du Lyon for a train to Beaune via Dijon. We are staying at Hotel de la Poste through Sunday then switching to Hotel Wilson in Dijon on Sunday. We depart mid-Monday afternoon for Paris. We are taking an afternoon “Discovery” tour with Authentica on Friday. Did I remember correctly that you too have toured with them? I have read so many posts in the last month on Fodors, Frommers, Tripadviser and other random blogs I have discovered, like yours, that I may be mistaken about that.

    I would so appreciate you weighing in on the following. I am concerned we are cutting ourselves short for Paris and perhaps should return Sunday late or Monday earlier for Paris. I am getting the idea that things shut down a bit on Sunday/Monday in Dijon/Beaune, in particular, restaurants. We will spend the first half of Friday doing the Owl Trail in Dijon and have lunch there. Maybe at Stephane Debord (we are presently scheduled for a 7:30 dinner reservation on Friday evening at SD, so we will have some aperitif time between the end of our tour and a 7:30 dinner reservation.) So for visiting Dijon besides what we see on Friday morning, we are left with whatever time we arrive on Sunday and up until mid-afternoon on Monday. Does that seem like the right amount of time for Dijon? Too much time?

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 07:19h, 23 September Reply

      Bonjour Susan!

      I love Dijon and would think you should take one day to shop in Dijon and see the museums. I would also take a day trip to the Burgundy Grand Cru region. I can recommend Emmanuel from Authentica Wine Tours. Click the link here to see how to contact them: https://theweekendinparis.com/favorite-tours/burgundy-wine-tours/

      As for the amount of time in Beaune and Dijon, I would personally spend less time there and more time in Paris and take a day to go out to Giverny or Reims, especially Reims if you like champagne! I would recommend you spend two nights in Beaune and one in Dijon and then be back in Paris on Sunday. Sunday is the perfect day for Montmartre/Sacre Coeur and spending time in LG. It is up to you, but there is so much to do and see in Paris that I think you won’t be disappointed to opt to have another day in town.

      Also, regarding Giverny and Marie (she also does a killer Montmartre side street tour) here is where to find the booking site where you can request the tour and note in the booking you would prefer Marie as your docent: https://theweekendinparis.com/outside-paris-eat-giverny/ – just go to this page and click on the link in it that says Giverny Excursion.

      Come back to me with any other questions. I am happy to help you answer them!


      • Susan
        Posted at 07:40h, 23 September

        Bonjour Pricilla,

        What are you shopping for in Dijon? I will be with my husband who is not into shopping :(.



      • Weekend In Paris
        Posted at 07:53h, 23 September

        Hi Susan,

        Shopping for wine, chocolate, mustard, food (Les Halls) and some scarves of course! The museums are fantastic and the outdoor cafés are fab too!

        Make sure you check out the Cathedral as well as the local Notre Dame too!


  • Laura @Travelocafe
    Posted at 10:38h, 20 September Reply

    Loved the gardens when we visited in August. I could totally see where Monet’s inspiration was coming from.

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 19:00h, 20 September Reply

      Hi Laura!
      Glad you loved them too! Thanks for taking the time to share!

  • susan
    Posted at 09:41h, 20 September Reply

    WE are visiting Paris October 7-13. Would you recommend Giverny at this time of year? I have read discussions on Fodors for and against a visit when the gardens are not at their peak.

    Your pictures are beautiful!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 10:26h, 20 September Reply

      Dear Susan,
      Some people will be disappointed, especially after looking at my photos from the peak of summer perfection, but if you have the time, I say do it! Use Marie, our docent from Context Travel and you won’t believe what you will learn about Monet and why he painted so many water lilies!
      When you use an expert in the field, like Marie, you get a history lesson with no quiz after!
      How much time do you have for your trip? That will help me help you decide.

  • Kim 24/7 in France
    Posted at 08:02h, 20 September Reply

    Lovely – Giverny is on my “to do” list of places to visit!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 10:27h, 20 September Reply

      Hi Kim,
      I advise you to go in July is possible – the gardens are in their peak of perfection!

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