The last time I was in Giverny, I was surprised by the pull such a small village of just a handful of streets could exert on such a big crowd come from all over the world to bask in Claude Monet’s aura. Every year, more than half a million people squeeze into Giverny in Normandy, France, lining up outside the late-18th century Impressionist painter’s home to stroll through his idyllic gardens, the living masterpiece that’s inspired many of his greatest works.
Monet lived here until his death in 1926. A constant gardener, his living work’s put Giverny on the map. The main village street — lined with
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