Monet’s Paradise—In Bloom
Giverny in spring—if that’s what heaven can offer, sign me up. No wonder Claude Monet was one of the world’s most prolific artists—he lived in a painting—and painting clearly lived in him. A stroll through Giverny is a stroll through an impressionist’s masterpiece.

Monet first rented in Giverny in 1883 and bought his storied home in 1890. There he fashioned his kaleidoscopic garden and it was his primary subject for the next 36 years. Two boats tethered at the lily pond are so evocative, I went searching for the matching painting—and when I couldn’t find it, recognized that we had been in a living artwork. The colors are dazzling, the combinations of flowers ingenious, the experience haunting. 

We rented a car in Paris and had no trouble driving to and finding Giverny. But that’s only one way; this website gives you all the details to get you to this garden. If you love flowers, don’t miss it.