Viking River Cruise
Vernon France - A Haven for History Buffs, Art Lovers, and Outdoor Enthusiasts
The Viking Spirit arrived in Vernon at 6AM, and we docked such that the shore excursion to Giverny, could begin at 8:45AM. We were excited to be able to visit Monet's home and famous garden!
Monet's Garden, located in the picturesque village of Giverny, France, is a horticultural masterpiece that served as the primary source of inspiration for the renowned impressionist painter Claude Monet. This exquisite garden, which Monet lovingly cultivated for over four decades, is a living work of art. It is divided into two main parts: the Clos Normand, a meticulously landscaped flower garden filled with an array of vibrant blooms, and the Water Garden, famous for its iconic Japanese bridge and water lilies.
Today's Viking bus tour, is to travel by bus from where the ship is docked to Monet's Garden Museum - The museum itself is set within a beautifully preserved building & estate, adding to the overall charm of the experience. It serves as a remarkable bridge between the art world and the natural world, where visitors can immerse themselves in the visual delights that once stirred Monet's creative spirit.
Day Three in Vernon, France Map
After yet another delicious breakfast, everyone proceeded to the tour bus. Viking does a great job of allocating passengers to each tour bus, so as you turn in your cabin key (so they know you are off the ship), they give you a receipt for the keys and also provide you with a "bus number" key, which identifies which tour bus you are assigned to.
The drive from Vernon to Giverny was brief (5.6Km) and once we arrived, there was a short stroll through the village of Giverny to Monet's Garden.
The images below are presented in an "image gallery" presentation, click any image to start a "slide show". We did it this way because the entire Monet Garden Estate is so beautiful and so representative of what Monet enjoyed, that we could not assign "image titles" to anything - we just wanted you to enjoy them all.
See that green foot-bridge in the above images? That is the famous "Japanese Bridge", also known as the "Water Lily Bridge", which stands elegantly over a meandering pond adorned with water lilies and other aquatic plants. This arched wooden bridge with its vibrant green hue is a striking contrast against the surrounding foliage and blooming flowers. Monet meticulously designed the bridge, incorporating Japanese architectural elements and capturing the essence of the East in his Western garden.
The bridge serves as a focal point, drawing the viewer's gaze towards the tranquil water surface, where reflections of the bridge, plants, and the sky merge harmoniously. It is a symbol of tranquility, serenity, and the connection between man and nature that Monet cherished and sought to convey through his art.
it is estimated that Monet produced over 250 paintings focused on his water lilies series as a whole, many of which include the iconic Japanese Bridge.
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