The famous Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s house and gardens in the town of Giverny, 45 miles west of Paris, are open to the public between April and November. Monet settled in Giverny in 1883. He created two gardens there, a flower garden called Clos Normand in front of the house and a Japanese inspired water garden he built from scratch on the other side of the road. Monet found inspiration for his painting in this water garden for more than two decades. P.S. The Orangerie museum in Paris is the permanent home to eight of Monet’s incredible Water Lilies murals.