Visit Claude Monet’s France

Monet's house and garden Michal Osmenda/Flickr

Monet’s house and garden ©Michal Osmenda/Flickr

France is an extremely popular tourist destination partly due to its fantastic culture and art. The origins of French art were mainly influenced by Flemish- and Italian art during the time of the Renaissance. There are numerous French artists who became world famous for their unique works and techniques. One such artist is the Impressionist Claude Monet who was born in Paris on 14 November 1840.

Claude Monet is an important founder of Impressionist painting in France. He was so amazed by French countryside that he purchased a house in Giverny where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. This important person had influenced significantly the French Impressionist painting. If you are interested in his works, I recommend you to visit Claude Monet’s France.

The Notre-Dame-de-Lorette

As I already mentioned it, Claude Monet was born on 14 November 1840, in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, on the 5th floor of 45 rue Laffitte. He was baptized in the parish church of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette on the 20th of May 1841. The Notre-Dame-de-Lorette is a beautiful Neoclassical church of Paris, being located in the 9th arrondissement. The church is very attractive among tourists, especially for the fans of Monet.

Notre-Dame-de-Lorette couscouschocolat/Flickr

Notre-Dame-de-Lorette ©couscouschocolat/Flickr

Le Havre

At the age of 5, Monet and his family moved to Le Havre. This is a tiny port town located in the region of Normandy. He grew up in Le Havre, with his older brother named Leon. He was interested in drawing from an early age and he loved to explore nature.

Today Le Havre is a very attractive place for tourists, including fantastic tourist attractions like churches, museums, theatres and so on. Le Havre’s historic centre has been inscribed on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.


Monet decided to move back to Paris in 1859, in order to pursue his art. He enrolled as a student at the Academie Suisse. Monet was strongly influenced at this time by the works of the Barbizon school.


As I already mentioned it, Claude Monet was amazed by French countryside. He purchased a house in Giverny in 1883 and he lived and worked there for the rest of his life. The village and its surroundings are characterized by an extraordinary beauty, appearing on many paintings of him.

Giverny landscape ho vista nina volare/Flickr

Giverny landscape ©ho vista nina volare/Flickr

Claude Monet’s house and garden

After a large-scale restoration, Monet’s house became a museum opened to public in 1980. Located about 80 km west from Paris, Giverny is a great place to visit if you are a fan of Monet. Claude Monet House and Gardens are now open to visitors.

The garden belonging to the house is of an astonishing beauty. Another attraction of Giverny is the Museum of Impressionism Giverny. It is dedicated to the history of Impressionism in the village.

Monet's house and garden Michal Osmenda/Flickr

Monet’s house and garden ©Michal Osmenda/Flickr


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