"My only desire is an intimate infusion with nature, and the only fate I wish is to have worked and lived in harmony with her laws"
- Claude Monet

Artist Claude Monet lived in a house near the village of Giverny outside of Paris. The gardens, ponds and landscapes were an inspiration for many of his paintings. The famous Japanese bridge is covered with cascades of wisteria blooms in early spring.

Also nearby is the American Museum constructed by an American, Mr. Terra who purchased paintings by artists trained or influence by Monet's style. 

The famous Japanese bridge represented in Monet's paintings.

White wisteria blooms hanging down from the top of the bridge.



  Purple wisteria blooms beginning to fade frame the expanse of the pond from the bridge.

Shade of pinks and blues throughout the spring garden.

Monet's house at Giverny.  

Musée Claude Monet
27620 Giverny, France

Giverny is a fun garden to visit. I have been there several times and the spring is my favorite time. Try to get there at opening time and go immediately under the road to the pond area. If you are lucky, you will get a few shots of the famous bridge with the wisteria draped over it before a steady stream of tourists enter the scene. In the spring, the tulips and other early flowers lend a soft feeling to the gardens. Once you get in, don't leave since they won't let you back in even if you have your ticket.

An easy stroll down the street is the American Museum which also has some interesting plantings in the front area. You can get lunch there and see the collection after you leave Monet's house.

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