Day 8 of my Paris trip was spent in Giverny exploring Claude Monet’s house and garden. From 1983 on, Monet, best-known for his large-scale water lily paintings, lived in Giverny with his wife and eight children until his death in 1929. It was a perfect day to visit the area that inspired the celebrated impressionist’s paintings. The garden’s were indeed picturesque. At the end of his career, Monet had hired up to seven gardeners to tend to the estate. It is the second most visited tourist site in Normandy after the Mont-Saint-Michel, with 530,000 visitors in 2010. It is easy to see why Monet chose to settle down here.