UK tourists in France warned over 'obnoxious' behaviour and told 'it's not the way'

UK tourists have been warned over "obnoxious" behaviour at a key holiday tourist spot, with people picking flowers and touching paintings at a historic site. The Foundation Claude Monet are "beautiful gardens inspired Impressionist Claude Monet's most famous work."

But speaking to the Express, a visitor fumed: “I was really disappointed by my visit to the house and gardens… It was something I had always wanted to see. It was an awful experience - not because of the house and gardens but due to the enormous number of obnoxious people who were only there to take selfies and cared more about Instagram than the plants.

“I was shocked by people’s manners in general - some even touched the paintings, opened drawers in the bedroom furniture, picked the flowers and so on. It was as far away as you can get from the peaceful setting one imagines! Some foreign groups had been bussed in from what seemed to be an all-round Paris, Versailles, Giverny trip and were being marched around by the guides… then they were marched back into their buses and sped away!”

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In a one-star review, one TripAdvisor user fumed: "SO crowded that it was a really unpleasant experience. We shuffled along the garden paths shoulder to shoulder with tour groups and other visitors and after a long wait to get into the house it was even worse than that because it was stifling hot (even in a cool day). Impossible to enjoy the gardens or the artwork in the house in those conditions.

"The Foundation should implement a system of limiting ticket sales to a level that allows an enjoyable experience. Other international tourist attractions now do this." And a second raged: "Absolutely no crowd control. If you like a bit of personal space then this is not a place to visit because even if you pre-book a timed ticket, it doesn't mean anything apart from that you don't have to wait in line at the ticket office.

"People literally pour in, so many that all you can see are people and you don't get to appreciate the gardens and the house. There is an endless line of people that is going inside the house, you get stuck in the queue, walk slowly, no personal space, another que is of people trying to get out.

"There is no information on anything in the room but even if they did, you won't see it because of the sheer number of people. It feels like an invasion of a house, because it really is. This is not a way to look after a historic property. Yes I know that it suffered damage during WW2, but that doesn't mean it is not a historic place and location."