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Magic life of Monet

Visit the wonderful garden of Claude Monet in Giverny, France and see why he was so captivated by its beauty.
Visit the wonderful garden of Claude Monet in Giverny, France and see why he was so captivated by its beauty.
TRIVIA question number one: what is one of the most photographed bridges in the world?

It's actually a modest structure, little more than the length and breadth of a cricket pitch. And you'll find it in painter Claude Monet's garden at Giverny, 80km west of Paris, France.

It is, of course, the famous Japanese garden bridge, immortalised as the signature of Monet's renowned skills in painting nature, water and light and the vibrant colours of a garden in different seasons.

But before you go to Giverny it's imperative that you familiarise yourself with the artist's vision - so ensure you visit the Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris, at the other end of the Tuileries gardens from the Louvre.

Here you will see the famous Les Nympheas, the Water Lilies, eight giant panels inspired by the water lilies in Monet's Giverny Japanese garden.

The paintings reflect the passage of hours, from morning to sunset, and the changing seasons at Giverny.

Cityrama has half-day tours to Giverny departing daily from Paris until October 31.

■ For more details contact Adventure World 1300 363 055 or www.adventureworld.com.au.

Can't make it to Paris, but want to get into the French spirit for Bastille Day?

Novotel Twin Waters might be the answer.

The Twin Waters resort and its sister property, Grand Mercure Twin Waters, is offering great deals throughout the school holiday period starting from $119 per night (for a four night stay) and $146 per night (four night stay) at the Grand Mercure.

This way, you'll get a touch of Paris with all the fun of the Sunshine Coast!

■ For more call 1800 072 277 or visit www.novoteltwinwatersresort.com.au.

■ For Grand Mercure Apartments, call (07) 5450 6129, or visit www.grandmercuretwinwaters.com.au.

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