After a few days of exploring the museums, monuments, and style around every corner in Paris, it's nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. No more than an hour outside, you'll find the pleasant oasis of Giverny, the home of Claude Monet's gardens immortalized in many of his most famous Impressionist paintings. This of course includes the Japanese bridge, scores of flowers, and the waterlillies and lake, seen here reflecting the sky on the day I visited. While you won't free yourself from droves of tourists (it's popular for a reason!), it makes for a relaxing and beautiful day trip after you've seen Monet's works in person in the museums of Paris!