The Musee de l’Orangerie is home to Claude Monet’s Water Lilies series. The panoramic paintings stretch out along the walls of two oval rooms. The sheer beauty is astonishing and cannot be fully appreciated by photographs or prints. Monet painted a total of eight panels and envisioned the works as a meditation on peace. Stretching around the curved walls of the Musee de l’Orangerie, they give an illusion of being transformed to the peaceful setting of Monet’s famed water gardens at Giverny.