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Giverny’s history: impressionist movement, home for painters
A French commune located in the Eure department in the Haute-Normandie region, Giverny is known worldwide for being the residence chosen by one of the most influential representatives of the Impressionist artistic movement. Indeed, Claude Monet decided to settle here in 1883. Also, the city sees its architecture, its tourism economy, its reputation and its history influenced by the Impressionist movement. The village of Giverny is mentioned for the first time around 1025 in the Latinized form of Giverniacum. The monks of the Saint-Denis-le-Ferment abbey were officially recognized as owners of the village by King Charles II the Bald. In the eleventh century, Giverny is allocated to the Saint-Ouen abbey in Rouen. Several monasteries were built there during medieval times. Among them, the barn was dedicated to the collection of taxes until the Revolution. After the revolution, the Giverny lands were acquired by the Lorier family. Religious life plays a major part in the charm of this commune in the north-west of France, as well as the Impressionist current, which attracted painters from all over the world, notably Americans, who met Monet and then stayed in the region. Claude Monet's gardens and home attracted nearly 530,000 visitors in 2010, making it a lung of the local economy. The residence of Monet heels the abbey of Mont Saint-Michel in the classification of the most visited sites in Normandy.
Rich culture and history to discover in Giverny: museums of impressionist artworks, natural
Mechanics and churches
Here is a list of the monuments to visit in Giverny. Apart from museums and churches, visit the town by walking or cycling. During the Impressionist exhibitions, professionals offer to introduce the children to the techniques of paintings, and this within the consecrated gardens of Claude Monet.
House of Claude Monet
The Claude Monet Foundation, or Claude Monet's House and Gardens, is renowned for this small flowery commune of Haute-Normandie. This house in Giverny has been listed as a historical monument since April 1976. It holds the remarkable garden label. Here are the steps to follow during this visit of the Claude Monet Foundation: The "petit salon bleu" (reading room), The grocery store (warehouse) The salon-atelier The dining-room and its Japanese prints The kitchen clad in the blue tiles of Rouen The private apartments with bedroom, furniture and cabinets. Room of Blanche Hoschedé visible by the consecutive public with long archive work. The Museum of Impressionism Giverny exhibits a collection of Impressionist artworks. Every year, the museum organizes an exhibition. Degas was honoured there in 2015. It is imperative to see this exhibition Impressionism if we want to understand the content of the Impressionist movement. Part of the museum is devoted to permanent hanging.
The Museum of Natural Mechanics
Permanent exhibition dedicated to the oldest engines and mechanical equipment in the world, the Diesel engine of 1908, model 28 tons. It is, to date, the most imposing of diesel engines, also the odds.
Memorial: the stela of the British aviators
Erected in memory of eight English airmen who lost their lives on June 8, 1944, this memorial was inaugurated on Saturday, January 20, 2007 in the presence of the local authorities and representatives of the English army. These airmen were shot down by the German Air Force, none of the crew escaped death.
The church of Sainte Radegonde
The church of Sainte Radegonde is inescapable by its style and its Romanesque architecture, its oldest part dates from the 11th century. The church was founded during the Merovingian period and was renovated in 2008 and 2010.
How about the advantages and varieties of accommodation in Giverny: hostels, inns, guest houses?
Moulin des Chennevières
The Moulin des Chennevières is located close to the main monuments of Giverny. Free Wi-Fi, a flowery garden set in a 3-hectare park, rooms with bath or shower are available. A hearty breakfast and a homemade dinner will be offered upon reservation. This property offers value for money choice and to add extra to your stay, the staff speaks your language.
The Little Giverny
Accommodation includes free Wi-Fi. Just 150 meters from Monet's house, a terrace facing a landscaped garden, rooms overlook the garden. There is a restaurant of typical dishes of Haute-Normandie and the most delicious gastronomic specialties. Private parking and free parking are available.
The Garden of Plumes Luxury hotel
This is the reference to Giverny and all of Normandy. Pets are allowed, free parking is available. A starred chef will offer you a more attractive menu, with dishes served in a setting combining large windows, a chandelier from an old steamer and buff-coloured walls.
Establishment of intermediate class, the Musardière will be able to provide you a very convivial accommodation. Pets allowed, free parking also, staff only waiting for your reservation to prepare rooms and facilities that will suit you. The Hélène Gardens Located at 1.0 km from the centre of Giverny, this hostel is highly recommended by the travel forums. The price of a room is around 100 euros.
Guest house The Clos Fleuri
Located at the top of the list of the most recommended establishments in Giverny, the Clos Fleuri is a hostel located 1.6 km from the centre of Giverny and a few minutes’ walk from the Museum of Impressionism.
Guest house The Clos de l'Eglise Cottage
This is renowned pleasant, friendly and well equipped in Giverny, the price of accommodation starts from € 80 per night. The room is designed to accommodate two people. This lodging is arranged on the site of an old presbytery.
Visit the Museum of Impressionisms
Ideally located in the commune of Giverny, in one of the most beautiful villages in Normandy, the Musée des Impressionnismes offers a definitively unique approach to art from the end of the 19th century to the present day through its varied exhibitions of paintings, drawings and photographs. This museum is interested in the history of impressionism as well as its suites, such as the colony of Giverny or the Seine valley. Giverny is considered a land of artists. The famous Claude Monet first settled there in 1883, followed by several other artists, most of whom were American. All were eager to put into practice the impressionist principles, in vogue at that time, in the heart of the splendid Norman landscapes. The Museum of Impressionism, formerly Giverny Museum of American Art, stems from a partnership between the Terra Foundation for American Art, the departmental council of Eure and that of Seine-Maritime, the Haute-Normandie region, the community of municipalities and the city of Vernon, as well as the famous Musée d'Orsay in 2009. The new museum set up advocates the study of the history of Impressionism, among others its origins, its geographical influence and its influence, of its long-term consequences and consequences until the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. Impressionism and Post-Impressionism as well as their impact on XXth and XXIth century art are therefore to be discovered in this surprising museum. Two temporary exhibitions, monographic or thematic, are organized there each season. The artists who most marked the art of the end of the XIXth and the beginning of the XXth in France are highlighted. At the same time, the museum intends to bring the works inspired by the places back to their lands of origin. This museum also painstakingly explores the impact of Impressionism beyond the confines of the French state. And to top it all off, the Museum of Impressionism, through programming, offers the opportunity to make confrontations and contemporary perspectives.
Good places to eat in Giverny
Even if it means being in Giverny, you might as well take the opportunity to also take your pucks on the road. For gourmets and gourmands alike, here are the good addresses not to be missed for dining on site.
Au Coin Du Pain'tre
Au Coin du Pain’tre offers French and European cuisine. It is a chic and friendly restaurant that caters to all locals and tourists. Here, you are entitled to a healthy menu ideal especially for vegetarians or vegans. On the terrace or in the dining room, you can have brunch, lunch or dinner without reservation. The establishment also offers functional dishes such as sandwiches, etc. Everything is homemade.
La Musardière is known for offering gourmet dishes. Here, French and European specialties are as pretty to look at as they are tasty in the mouth. Everyone finds happiness here. This is the case for vegetarians, vegans and those who are allergic to gluten. This is the best place to have a good time with family, lovers or friends. The service here is impeccable.
Le Jardin des Plumes
Among the most popular restaurants in Giverny, you also have Le Jardin des Plumes. This chic and modern establishment offers French cuisine and some local specialties from the region. It offers a special menu for vegetarians. Located in the city center, this restaurant is also a practical choice between two visits. You can come without reservation.
How to go from Paris to Giverny
73 km separate Giverny from the city of Paris, if your driver picks you by car. 1h23 min will be sufficient to travel the journey by using the A14 or A13. You can follow the A14 and A13 in the direction of avenue Aristide Briand / D113 to Bonnières-sur-Seine then the shuttle takes D201, street of Limetz, street of Bennecourt and finally the van follows the D201 towards Grand Val street in Giverny.