I’ve just been to Giverny, where the famed Impressionist Claude Monet had his house and gardens. The beautiful village, around 80 km (50 miles) west of Paris, is undeniably one of the top day trips from Paris.
I mean, come on: You feel like you’re walking through a painting.
Me, I went on an overcast day with my wife, Lina, and I took my recorder with me. Today’s podcast episode is the whole day summed up in 30 minutes.
There’s picnics, cheese shops, walking, cycling, and water lilies – plus a few Monet facts you’ve probably never heard before – all recorded on the scene.
I hope you’ll feel like you’re there with us. Click play below to hear it, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
How to go on the Giverny tour
In case you want to book the same trip I did in this episode, it was the “Monet’s Gardens Bike Tour”. You can find it here. They do the same tour without bicycles here.
As for the podcast episode above, I left a little bit of French in there without translating. It’s from the cheese shop in Vernon. The gist of the conversation is that the seller is talking about the Comté cheese and how it’s aged 10 or 24 months. I went with the 24-month option. The rest is just small talk 🙂
If you’ve never been to Giverny I highly recommend it. This was my first time and I thought it was fantastic. Monet’s gardens are delightful, the lily pond was magical, and his home was wondrous.
And if you’re a more visual person, here’s the Walk Show I did with tour guide Kit (embedded below). The rest of the walk is for Patreon members only and features a leisurely walk around the lily pond.
Oh yes, and I spliced a whole song of music in this podcast episode. It’s called Et Voila by Chris Haugen.
(And be sure to check out my Instagram stories for more from Monet’s gardens and the trip there – see below).