After picking you up at
the doorstep of your downtown hotel in Paris, our guide will take you for a
wonderful day outside of Paris.
This day will lead you first
to the edge of Normandy, where you will visit Claude Monet's home, the
"Father of Impressionism". There you will discover the famous gardens
created by the impressionist painter, and the well known Japanese bridge
in the midst of its flowered paths and wather-lily ponds.
"Claude Monet's property
at Giverny, left by his son to the Académie des Beaux-arts in 1966, has, after
completion of large scale restoration work, become the Claude Monet Foundation,
inaugurated in 1980. The house, with its pink crushed brick façade, where the
leader of the Impressionist School lived from 1883 to 1926, once again has its
colourful décor and intimate charin of former times. The precious collection
of Japanese engravings is displayed in several rooms, hung in the marmer
chosen by the master of Giverny himself.
The huge Nymphéas studio,
a stone's throw from the house, has also been restored. It contains the Foundation's
Shop. The gardens have been replanted as they once were and offer for the admiration
of visitors the "painting from nature" which Claude Monet's contemporaries considered
one of his masterpieces. The rectangular Clos Normand, with archways
of climbing plants entwined around brilliantly coloured shrubs, lies before
the house and studios, offering from Spring to Autumn the palette of varying
colours to the painter-gardner who was "ecstatic about flowers". Lastly, the
Water Garden, formed by a tributary of the Epte, lies further away, shaded
by weeping willows. With its famous Japanese Bridge, its wistarias, azaleas
and its pond, it has once more become that casket of sky and water which inspired
the pictorial universe of the water lilies."
You will have lunch at the lovely
"Moulin de Fourges" restaurant, a 200-year-old mill. The architecture
of this listed site, dating back to the 18th century, draws its inspiration
from the hamlet of Marie-Antoinette at Versailles. It offers a unique setting
with its rural grounds and its spacious terrace on the banks of the Epte.
In the afternoon, you will
be driven to Versailles Palace, residence of the Sun King, Louis XIV. There,
you will visit on your own Louis XIV's suite, the Hall of Mirrors... An audio
guide (included) is available in eight languages (French, English, German, Spanish,
Italian, Japanese, Russian and Chinese-Mandarin). You will also have some remaining
time to discover the famous "A la Francaise" gardens.
|THIS TOUR WILL NOT BE CONDUCTED ON MAY 1ST
Season: From April 1st 2013 to November 1st 2013
Scheduled Day: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Departures: From 8:30 am
Duration: Approximately 9 hours
Pick up point: From your accommodation in Paris
Return point: To your accomodation in Paris
Conditions de réservation
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