The house, now a museum, has been lovingly restored and the studio is home to a precious collection of Japanese prints, hung in the manner chosen by Monet himself, as well as reproductions of some of his most famous paintings. But it is the Clos Normande gardens, created by the master himself, which attracts visitors from around the world. They are a dazzling palette of colour and it is little wonder Monet referred to the gardens as ‘my most beautiful masterpiece’. In the Japanese-inspired water garden, shaded by a great willow tree and surrounded by bamboo, rhododendrons and azaleas, is the lily pond where he painted his famous Water Lilies. You can also see the Japanese Bridge - still there after all these years. Whether you are visiting Monet’s Garden in the spring, summer or autumn, it really is an unforgettable experience and the memories of this special place will stay with you forever.
During this fabulous weekend you will discover even more of Normandy as we also visit Bayeux, famous for the tapestry depicting the Norman Conquest in 1066, and Honfleur - one of the best loved fishing villages in northern France. Situated on the Seine Estuary, Honfleur’s character and atmosphere has inspired painters, writers and musicians for centuries and you’re sure to be captivated by its charm.
There are many fine restaurants and bistros throughout Normandy, and dining out is not expensive. The local specialities are seafood, fish, lamb and poultry. Many dishes are cooked ‘A la Normande’, with a delicious cream sauce.
This truly delightful weekend breakaway has a very easy and relaxing itinerary in France and shows you some of the very best scenery of Normandy. We actually stay in Normandy itself, which is ideal for our comprehensive programme of sightseeing excursions and visits.Book this holiday today from £325
Included in price
- Departure from your local area
- British coach throughout
- Return Channel crossings
- 3 night’s bed & continental breakfast
- Accommodation in twin bedrooms with private bathroom
- Good standard, minimum 2 star hotels, in the Rouen area
- Excursion to Giverny for Monet's Garden, including entrance fee
- Excursion to Bayeux and Honfleur
- Services of a Mistral Representative
- All road tolls and service charges
- Full ABTA security