My B & B

Monet's paintings were about capturing the play of light. Prepare to be awed by the reflections in this space which, by design, is like no other in the world. 

Monet's home - 

Like other parts of the grounds, Monet's home has been restored to it's original glory and exudes his personal style. 
You will be moved by this historical house and able to imagine Monet's life there. 

Linger, breathe, immerse, relax, sketch to your heart's content, take a thousand pictures, be inspired.

You are in Monet's Gardens!

The ancient french architecture will give you hundreds of potential subjects to immortalize in paint; the friendliness of the residents will make you feel at home

The small village of Giverny has only 500+ residents. There are several restaurants, cafes and galleries, but no banks or grocery stores. Once the tourists leave in late afternoon, you'll really enjoy the quiet of the evening.  

Your Hosts know many nooks and crannies of this village and can give you numerous painting locations!

My French Village

Look closely - that's you up there on top!

Springtime in Paris

My Paris

 In Paris you'll visit museums to see an abundance of Monet's major works; explore a bit of the City of Lights with the group and on your own! 

You'll see his amazing paintings up close at the Musée Marmottan Monet, which houses the largest collection of Monet's works and personal items. His family donated the works to the museum including the artist’s sketchbooks, palettes, letters, photographs, personal objects, and the collection of paintings made by his friends that he kept.

You'll see this painting, and learn how its title gave birth to the movement's name - "Impressionism".

"Impression, Soleil Levant"

At the Musée de l'Orangerie you will be awed by the "Grand Panels" Monet donated to the French government.  Four floor-to-ceiling paintings fill each of two rooms.

What we think of as the granddaddy of Impressionist museums is the beautiful Musee d'Orsay, whose architecture is almost as interesting as it's collections. This former train station is a magnificent backdrop for their priceless paintings.

You''ll also have the chance to take  a Seine boat ride, go to Montmartre,  enjoy a walk through Notre Dame and the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower.  Add whatever you like during your free time!

Following our whirlwind tour of Paris, we then move to Giverny for an additional 6 nights.

Your "Monet Immersion" Art Trip begins with 3 nights in Paris! 

Your Paris home is the lovely Hotel Quai Voltaire, located near major museums and the Tuileries Garden, overlooking the Seine River.

My Places - Monet Immersion

"Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It's enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it." - Claude Monet

Le Jardin de Eau -

Through an underground tunnel you'll emerge to begin your discovery of his Japanese inspired pond.

"I have once more taken up things that can't be done: water with grasses weaving on the bottom. But I'm always tackling that sort of thing!" - Claude Monet

My Gardens

Giverny! Even crawling with tourists, as you know it will be, this quaint village will steal your heart.

Enjoy getting a preview of your six night home in Giverny at 

My Art Trips has exclusive use of the B&B during your stay. This ancient flour mill was converted to a B&B and is typical of lodging in the french countryside. Rooms were retrofit into the existing building, resulting in 6 distinctively different, unique spaces. Rooms are different sizes. Some have tub, others a shower. The first floor of the mill has the common area, dining and kitchen. All rooms are up stairs on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th floor of this charming mill.  Fee is based on double occupancy. A limited number of single occupancy rooms are available at additional charge.  Host will assign rooms.  

Full mobility is necessary to participate in this art trip.

"What a beautiful location! Loved the animals, mill, stream, green grass, building, dogs etc! "

                        - 2016 artist

The Mill is surrounded by beautiful grounds which are waiting for your interpretation.

A working water wheel moves this branch of the Epte river (the same which feeds Monet's water garden)  through the Mill's "park" past weeping willows, and many unique animals.

Oh, the discoveries you will make!

Type your parpainting remains uninstructed


Day 1 , Thursday- Bienvenue a' Paris!

Your  private car driver meets you at the airport gate and brings you to our Paris hotel near the Eiffel Tower. Together we'll see a bit of the city traveling to and from our welcome dinner.

Day 2 & Day 3, Friday and Saturday - Discover Paris by bus, taxi or the Metro and walk through charming parks on your way to visit the world's best Impressionist Museum, the Musee d'Orsay; the l'Orangerie Museum, which is home to Monet's Grand Panels; and the Monet Marmottan Museum, which holds Monet's private collection. We'll also take a shopping break at Sennelier art supply store! 

Evenings are FREE TIME.

Optional drawing instruction-

Friday evening - Grab a picnic dinner and enjoy field sketching with Susan at Eiffel Tower or a nearby Park. 

Saturday evening - It's Bohemian night as you are welcome to join your hosts in the Montmarte area to experience the centuries-old art scene.  Once again, Susan is there to coach your sketching. (Cab and dinner on your own)

Day 4, Sunday - We'll take you to the top of the Eiffel Tower this morning to bid 'adieu' to Paris.  After, our private car will take us through the countryside to our B & B in Monet's village.

In Giverny, we'll go to Monet's Gardens,  take a short walk through the village then relax in our rooms before our 'Welcome to Giverny' dinner!

Artists on "SIMPLY, MONET'S GARDENS" 6 night Giverny Art Trip will join us today!

Day 5, Monday -  NEW in 2016 - We've arranged a tour of Monet Gardens with expert guide and photographer Ariane Cauderlier.  She will give fascinating insights into Monet's life and times in Giverny.
(Copy and paste to meet Ariane)

We'll also take you to the Giverny Museum of Impressionisms.

Daytime painting is on your own: in the village or at the B & B. Then....the magic. After the tourists are gone, we'll be admitted to Monet's Garden to paint for about 2 hours. "C'est le temps des grenouilles et des artists!" (It is the time of frogs and artists.)

"Paint what you really see, not what you think you ought to see; not the object isolated as in a test tube, but the object enveloped in sunlight and atmosphere, with the blue dome of Heaven reflected in the shadows." - Claude Monet

Day 6, Tuesday - Early morning painting session in Monet's Gardens.

Early afternoon class session with Susan. She'll customize these Giverny sessions to your and the other artists' requests.

Daytime painting available throughout the village and at the B & B.

Paint in the gardens again this evening.

Day 7, Wednesday - Optional: Paint early morning in the Gardens.

New in 2016! What a day we have arranged for you!!!  We are headed across the Seine to nearby Vernon for you to paint and photograph in the home of post-Impressionist Pierre Bonnard! You will also float on the Seine in the replica of Monet's studio boat, to paint or merely float and enjoy!

We'll return to our B & B in time to paint in Monet's Gardens again this evening.

Day 8, Thursday - Early morning painting session in Monet's Gardens.

Early afternoon class session with Susan. She'll customize these Giverny sessions to your and the other artists' requests.
Daytime painting available throughout the village and at the B & B.

Oh, and don't forget to go paint in Monet's Gardens again tonight.

Day 9, Friday - One more time, you get to enter with the gardeners to paint Monet's early morning light.

Our last full day in the village! What did you want to accomplish? This day is yours to finish works in progress, begin a new one or take another 200 photos to inspire your artwork at home! Enjoy your final Susan session - let's see how your skills improved this week!

A brief painting session in the gardens before our "Farewell Dinner" at the B&B.

Day 10, Saturday - Travel day! Our private car will arrive at 7:45 am to transport everyone to the CDG airport.agraph here.

Monet spent the last half of his life here, in the lovely village of Giverny. He establishing his gardens and then painted his creation.  Imagine - -  now YOU will paint there as well, in the quiet of the evening and shortly after daybreak!

“I am only good at two things, and those are: gardening and painting. ” - Claude Monet

The Clos Normand -  

The traditional Normandy walled garden surrounds Monet's home, studios and gardeners spaces. Verbose with blossoms the gridded alley designs have been restored to recreate Monet's original gardens.