Monet's gardens were beautiful! The one hour trip to Giverny by van was comfortable and relaxing. We arrived early enough to avoid the crowds and our guide took us straight to Monet's Japanese-style bridge for some great photo opportunities. (See my photo of the bridge with no one on it.) The water garden was lush with many varieties of plants growing right beside each other and often competing for space. The flower garden was also beautiful with many blooming plants. We also walked through Monet's house where he and his second wife raised eight children. After spending about two hours walking around Monet's gardens and his house, we rode in the van a short distance to the Giverney cemetery where Monet and his family are buried. We also briefly visited the small church next to the cemetery, which Monet attended and which was built between 1100 and 1400 AD. The tour guide gave us some essential background information about Monet before starting the garden tour and again when visiting Monet's tomb. Otherwise, we were free to roam the gardens and the house on our own. There are restrooms near the gift shop and a café within a few yards of Monet's house in case you want something to eat or drink before returning to Paris. The gift shop, which used to serve as Monet's art studio, is huge and has a wide variety of items. We loved this half-day tour and highly recommend it.