If you’re a fan of impressionist art like I am, the best place in Paris to visit is the Musee D’Orsay which houses some of the most famous works from Monet, Degas, Renoir, and more. Your next stop should be the Musee L’Orangerie which was specifically designed to showcase the famous Monet waterlilies with 2 oval shaped rooms that are completely surrounded with the enormous paintings for a 360 experience (literally).
Having experienced both museums, I added Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny to my bucket list. This was at the top of my to do list for this Paris visit. The half-day trip is about an hour away from Paris via train and completely worth it if you’re a fan of Monet. The town of Giverny (below left) is very cute and picturesque. Although there are other things to do in Giverny, the main attraction is the Monet house (below right). Just outside are the gardens and after walking through the front gardens, a little path takes you down to the water garden.I was particularly interested in seeing the water garden, and was surprised to see how much smaller it actually was than I expected (especially considering how large the l’Orangerie paintings are). Nevertheless, all the gardens were so beautiful and, well, looked like a painting. Except live. I highly recommend the experience.