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The French Impressionist’s final home in Giverny is where Monet lived for 43 years, and painted every day in his gardens or studio.   

His water garden is perhaps the best known of all his subjects; weeping willows, a wisteria-draped Japanese bridge, water lilies, rhododendrons and a vivid pallet of blooming flowers in all season. The house and gardens are lovingly restored.

It is possible to go to Giverny from Paris by train or by car, or you many take a half day tour.

We had a rental car and timed our visit for late  in the afternoon, as the tour buses were leaving the crowded parking lots. The gardens close at 6pm. We arrived at 4:30pm and wandered through the gardens quietly with out large crowds.