I love gardens and gardening so when we were planning our September trip to Normandy and Brittany, I was happy to see that Monet’s Garden in Giverny could easily be made part of our route to Bayou. In August I had gone with Mom to the recreation of Monet’s Garden in the Conservatory at the New York Botanical Gardens http://www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2012/monet/index.php and now it's September and we're in the original.
Saturday morning we took the hotel shuttle over to the Europcar Rental office at the airport picked up our rental, entered Giverny into the GPS and off we went. Getting out of the airport and onto the road gave us the usual challenges, but once out of the Paris traffic we found it an easy ride.
I had been told by a French colleague to make sure to arrive early that Monet’s Gardens are always crowded. It’s a little more than an hour from Paris, and popular for day trips as well as with people on their way from and to the Coast on the weekends. We arrived about 11am, parking was easy and free. We paid our 5 Euro entrance fee and walked right in to a Monet painting.