If you're visiting the town of Giverny, the impressionists' favorite, (a must if you're planning a long stay in ... More
Rose Garden of the Hôtel Baudy
If you're visiting the town of Giverny, the impressionists' favorite, (a must if you're planning a long stay in Paris), take yourself along to Hôtel Baudy and its splendid rose garden. Discovered in 1886 by American painter William Metcalf, Madame Baudy's small bistro became very popular thanks to the influx of artists who came to Giverny in search of inspiration. Have a look round its studio, built in 1887 for resident artists, and its vegetable garden. As for the rose garden, it stretches out over the hillside (which was previously a vineyard until it was wiped out by a fatal epidemic of phylloxera in the 19th Century). Criss-crossed by little paths and stone stairways, it's an absolutely charming place.