First of all, I want to thank Freda Cameron for her wonderful posts and photos of gardens in Paris, especially Monet's gardens at Giverny. Check them out on her blog, Defining Your Home, Garden and Travel.
I had my heart set on seeing Monet's gardens at Giverny, so after what I thought was a diligent search, I picked a tour company to take us there. Actually, tour is probably the wrong word because it was not a guided tour but transportation there and back and access into Giverny thru the group entrance without waiting in line.
So, Fcom France was the "tour" I picked. They offered both a full day and an afternoon at Giverny. For the full-day, we would have to meet the bus close to their office by the Louvre at 8:30 am, and I just didn't think we could get there that early. So, I booked the afternoon tour. It left at 1:30 and returned at 6:00, so I figured we would have 2-3 hours to tour Monet's house and see the flower gardens. Wrong!
After we were on the bus, we were told that first the bus was going to Versailles to pick up other people and then when we got to Giverny we would have ONE HOUR to see everything. I was more than a little upset with that news, and I wasn't the only one. None of the people on our bus had time to go thru Monet's house in one hour (it was quite busy that day). And to top things off, when we came back to the bus, we sat in the parking lot for 45 minutes waiting for the bus mirror to be repaired. I have already sent an email to the company citing the lack of disclosure in their online ad, but no response so far.
OK, enough venting! We did get to see the beautiful gardens, and I was happy for that. And the tulips were still in bloom - guess it has been so cold and rainy that they lasted much longer than they usually do.
Here are some of the photos I took.