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France's Monet gardens reopen with coronavirus social distancing rules
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Claude Monet’s gardens, the inspiration for his famous “Water Lilies” paintings, reopened to the public on Monday in Giverny, Normandy, as France emerges from three months of lockdown.
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The Impressionist painter’s lush gardens usually swarm with tourists, attracting more than half a million visitors a year and making them one of the most visited sites in the northern province of Normandy.
But with French borders still closed to foreign tourists as the country cautiously lifts its lockdown, the reopening offers an intimate experience for local visitors, most coming from the nearby cities of Rouen or Paris.