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August 18, 2016
How To… Do Giverny in Style.

If you can tear yourself away from the galeries and grand boulevards for a day, a pretty-as-a-painting world of lily ponds and molecular plates awaits just one hour outside the Ville Lumière.

Giverny is the quaint Norman town that Monsieur Monet once called home. His house and its verdant grounds are where the Impressionist was inspired to adorn canvas after canvas with those renowned botanical brushstrokes. The property is still completely intact and now serves as the Fondation Claude Monet, attracting art-lovers from all over. But no need to schlep it with the coach crowd; here is how to do Giverny in LUXE-approved style.

First things first, you’ll need to hire a ride for this picturesque pursuit. Option A is to bag a racing-green Mini Cooper from the Pen, and pedal to the metal northwards along the Seine. Or you could hire a driver from Chabé and let them do all that tiring wheel turning.

To get the most out of Monet’s enchanting gardens why not walk around them with someone who is well-versed on the subject. Context will assign you a local sm-arty pants to take you around the grounds in informative fashion. Best part is, no waiting around in the ticket line, your personal docent has a PhD in VIP.

With your cultural hunger sated, saunter just ten minutes down the road to a breezy shade-dappled late lunch at Mich-starred Le Jardin des Plumes. Enjoy artfully arranged servings of local ingreds in the idyllic 1912 manor home, before heading back into Paris to flop in your Pen suite.

Fondation Claude Monet / 84 rue Claude Monet / Giverny / +33 2 32 51 28 21 / 9.30am-6pm daily / 25 Mar – 1 Nov /

Le Jardin des Plumes / 1 rue du milieu / Giverny / +33 2 32 54 26 35 / lunch & dinner Wed-Sun / book ahead /