If you are looking for a getaway from Paris, rent a car and drive to Giverney, a small town where the Impressionist Painter Claude Monet used to live. (from 1886 till his death in 1926) and you can see with your own eyes the water lilies, the garden, and the Japanese bridge which all played an important role in his later paintings. Beside walking in his beautiful garden and the house he used to live, I highly recommend to spend some time walking around the village, see some old Churches from Middle Ages time, visit Mills that some of them can be found in Monet’s paintings or spend the night at one of the Castles (Chateau) and feel like you are living in one of Claude Monet’s Impressionistic picture.
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If you're a fan of Monet's paintings, especially his water lilies, you must see the garden that inspired it all. You can take a tour of the house, walk around the lush gardens, and see firsthand the beauty that inspired the artist. Right in front of the house is a flower garden named Clos Normand and across the road is the well-known Japanese inspired water garden. Seeing the places Monet painted in person really complements viewing his work.