80km (50 miles) NW of Paris
When artist Claude Monet moved to Giverny in 1883, looking for some peace and quiet, little did he know he would forever change the fate of this sleepy Norman village. Soon after his arrival, the town was invaded by eager young artists who'd come from all over the world in search of the Impressionist master. Today, artists and art lovers alike still trek out to Giverny to tour his restored home and gardens, and to be inspired themselves. If you fall in love with the amazing Monet paintings at the Orsay, Orangerie, or Marmottan museums in Paris, Giverny should be next on your list.