Some people think that Giverny benefits by a microclimate that bathes the village in a special light, which attracted Claude Monet and pleased him so much that he decided to spend the rest of his life there – together with hundreds of other artists who set up their easels in the streets or in the neighbouring countryside.
Giverny is composed of a single street (called ‘rue Claude Monet’, of course!) with a few little lanes branching off. Flowers seem to be growing everywhere for everyone’s delight in the streets lined with old farm houses and cottages. In addition there are plenty of studios and art galleries along the main street.
Although one can drive along the village it is best to stroll along its street and, perhaps also take a walk on the hillside paths offering extended views over the village and the Seine and Epte valleys.
(You can find directions for two pleasant (and recommended) walks in the hills above Giverny (as well as a map) at : http://www.vernon-visite.org/rgb2/leisures.htm