We had planned to take the train to Vernon/Giverny to visit Monet’s house and garden, famed for being the location where he had painted his water-lily series of pictures, 8 of which were in the Orangerie museum. Unfortunately there was a general public transport workers’ strike that day and we had no choice but to take one of the half day coach tours to Giverny. Departing at 0815, the traffic out of Paris was bad and we only arrived there at 1030am and were told to meet back at the coach by noon. We had the audio guide option which was a good choice as it meant that we could listen to all the relevant Monet and Giverny information during the coach journey and just enjoy the gardens when we got there…and we only had an hour and a half.
All too soon we’d run out of time and had to catch our return coach after a total of 90minutes only…..the ‘5 hour’ half day tours only give you 90minutes here and it’s woefully inadequate. we could easily have spent twice that time here and be happy…so if we were to do it again, we’d definitely go by ourselves and linger. Monet’s house and garden at Giverny is a place for art AND garden lovers…..it’s well worth the effort getting out here. highly recommended!