We met in the lobby and there were several people who also chose this tour. We broke into even smaller groups, picked up our headsets and went outside and boarded our coach buses. There were three buses going on our tour, each bus had its own guide.
During the ride, our guide told us about what we were seeing, and what we would be seeing. And when we arrived, the Avalon groups were some of the first to be at the gardens. I loved getting there before the crowds!
Our guide showed us where we were on the map and explained where the gardens were. And then told us where we'd meet after some free time after we went to the house and gardens and famous "Water Lily Pond" together.
Once we had our bearings, we started our walk down the street. It was quite charming!
This is a map of the gardens and house
Once we crossed under the road to get to the flowers, it was like being in a fairy tale! So many colors!
We were so lucky to be there at this time of year, when everything was in full bloom.
A beautiful view of the Chinese Bridge and the Lily Pond
I suppose you get the idea, but it was really just beautiful! An this was the inspiration for Monet's paintings. He created the gardens and pond so he could recreate the scenes in his art.
A little glimpse of his house peeking through
After we walked around the Water Lily Pond, we came to the gardens in the front of the house.
And then it was time to go inside the house. Here Monet lived with his wife and kids.
Looking out at the gardens from the front steps
Some pictures displayed in one of the rooms
A nice big kitchen! This is just the eating area.
Some serious pots and pans!
And after our tour, we had some time to walk around Giverny a bit.
We then met up with our group, and went back to our ship for lunch. Our day really had just begun! There was still so much more to happen today! We'd even be sailing to another town for the afternoon! But next up....crepes and a pastry demo on board!
I'd say so far, this whole river cruise experience was pretty exceptional!