Ohhhh the thought of being immersed in Monet’s glorious garden feels like an absolute dream… Today we’ll be waking up in our Parisian home to a half day impressionist trip to Monet’s home in Giverny! Followed by a stroll around the elegant Le Marais, discover a secret pathway, and ending with a Michelin treat at Cobea for the finest of French cuisine.
9:30am: Monet’s garden
Now you see why it made sense to visit Musee L’orangerie during the first few days, to see Monet’s Waterlillies mural before witnessing it in real life! Take the earliest train from Gare Saint-Lazare that departs at 8:20am to Vernon. Buy tickets online ahead of time and go straight to the “no-line” line. Needless to say, your visual field is about to get a lot saturated!
The water garden hosts the infamous bridge and water lillies where Monet painted Les Nympheas. Monet’a house is heavily influenced by Japanese art, and filled with photos of him wearing a thick beard and a cigarette.
3:00pm: Le Marais
Concept stores, boutique shopping, bakery cafes, charming park square…can’t imagine asking for anything more. Start with Merci concept store, 111 boulevard Beaumarchais
followed by an afternoon caffeine kick at Fragments Cafe: 76 rue des Tournelles
take a stroll and people watch at the beautiful Place des Vosges
followed by a treat at Café Pouchkine, 2 Rue des Francs Bourgeois
walk off the dessert with shopping at Stock Sandro, 26 Rue de Sévigné
6:00pm: – Cour Damoye
This hidden residential street is a real gem. Enter this quaint & tranquil street and you’ll forget that you’re in the middle of a hustling urban city. This secluded street is hidden between two coffee shops at that busy Bastille quartier. It hosts residential space, art galleries, studios, and craft workshops, all in intimate historical houses with an abundance of greenery. It’s near the Marais and a short walk down to the seine river.
8pm: Dinner at Cobea
11 Rue Raymond Losserand, 75014. A true Michelin experience – personable, attentive waiters, elegant, tasteful ambience, and the cuisine, oh the whipped sea water foam on clam, sweet pepper mouse in zucchini and olives, foie gras with carrot salad, ginger puree, mango & lemon zest, cheese whip, and I can’t carry on without drowning in a pool of drool…