6.04.2009

Monet's Garden

Today we left Paris and went to Monet's Garden. We followed Rick Steve's advice below and walked to the garden instead of renting a bike. It took us a little while to find the bike path, but we think our scenic route was way better. We all agree; we liked the walk to the garden as much as the garden itself.

Monet's Garden from everyAugust on Vimeo.

.....below is information from Rick Steve's

Cost and Hours
€4.50 for gardens only, April–Oct Tue–Sun 9:30–18:00, last entry 17:30, closed Mon and Nov–March, open some Mon holidays — check website, www.fondation-monet.com.

By train: Take the Rouen-bound train from Paris' Gare St. Lazare station to Vernon (6/day, more on Sat, about €22 round-trip, 45 min one-way, 4 miles from Giverny, no baggage check).

From the Vernon train station to Monet's garden (4 miles one-way), you have four good options: by bus, taxi, bike, or on foot. The Vernon–Giverny bus meets every train for the 15-minute run to Giverny (no buses on Mon) and takes you back to every return train to Paris. If you miss the bus, find others to share a taxi (allow €12 for up to 3 people, €13 for 4, taxis wait in front of the train station). You can also rent a bike at Café du Chemin de Fer opposite the train station (€13), and follow a paved bike path (piste cyclable) that runs from near Vernon along an abandoned railroad right-of-way (figure about 30 min to Giverny). Finally, you can walk to Giverny, following the bike path, and take a bus or taxi back.