Mid-way between Rouen and Paris — about an hour’s drive away — is Giverny. Claude Monet, the father of the Impressionist movement, spent his last 40 years here finding inspiration in these gardens. The colors of his cottage garden are like his brushstrokes — they seem untamed and slap-dash, but are part of a carefully composed mosaic. Museums in Paris bloom with Monet’s garden paintings. The true subject is not really the lilies, but the changing reflections on the surface of the pond.