9 Reasons to See Van Gogh & Monet in France

While I planned on writing an in-depth article about my visit to Giverny and Auvers-sur-Oise in France, once home to Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh respectively, I haven't had the time to follow through with this pursuit...so I'm going to list my favorite things about my visit instead as I still haven't sorted through my Google Photos ;) Here are 9 Reasons to See Van Gogh & Monet in France.

And check out this Rick Steves video I just watched: 
Giverny, France: Monet's Gardens -

1. Because you can see the actual water lilies from Monet's paintings. The. Actual. Water Lilies.
Foundation Claude Monet

2. Because you can see the actual sunflowers from Monet's paintings. The. Actual. Sunflowers.
Metropolitan Museum of Art

3. If you're in Paris, it's only 49 minutes by train to Vernon-Giverny. 

4. Monet's vast gardens are stunning. Simply stunning. And after all, Monet lived did live here from 1883 to 1926.

Foundation Claude Monet

5. Because you can visit Ravoux Inn and see the empty room where Van Gogh spent the last 70 days of his life before committing suicide in 1890: Nothing to see, but everything to feel...

Maison de Van Gogh

6. Because Auvers-sur-Oise is even more beautiful than Van Gogh painted.
Auvers-sur-Oise Office de Tourisme

7. Because you can pay your respects to both Vincent and his beloved brother, Theo, at their quaint graveside in the Auvers-sur-Oise cemetery.
Institut Van Gogh

8. Because Auvers-sur-Oise is just over an hour from Paris.

9. Because art is inspiring. Have you tried the Google Arts & Culture app? What do you think, does this artwork look like me? Try with your own #selfie at g.co/art/selfie #GoogleArts Portrait of Harriet Clark Ferrell

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

An here's one last video I came across: Loving Vincent - the world's first oil-painted feature film. What?? Check it:


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