In 2006 my Mom joined me on my second journey to France, and we saved a very special day trip for last. Giverny…the home and gardens of Monet, which inspired his now iconic water lily paintings. With my Mom being an art teacher, I was taught quite a bit about the subject growing up, with a focus on impressionism (since it was her personal favorite). I also developed an affinity for Monet, and dreamed of the day I could stand on the bridge over the water lily pond. I had no idea I would be able to share this moment with my Mom, and it will remain one of our most treasured memories. Giverny happens to be a fabulous day trip from Paris, and the town itself is incredibly charming. His home is quaint and colorful, and the gardens…well, inspirational.