I like to have some type of theme to loosely plan my trips around. Spain it was flamenco, Italy was the Renaissance, and France became the Impressionists. When I was researching the Impressionists before my trip I read a lot about the towns in the suburbs of Paris that they frequented; Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Ile de Chatou, Marly-le-Roi, and Bougival. I stumbled on a blog post about an Impressionist Trail that followed the Seine and passed through each of these towns; it’s a leisurely 4 mile trek and it’s only a short excursion from Paris. Along the way there are markers with reproductions of the master pieces painted at that location; sounded like a great way to spend an afternoon while my daughter worked.
The trail begins in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. I passed through lovely gardens on the way to the river and down many sets of stairs.
The trek turned out to be 4 hours! I followed the Seine, never venturing into the towns. Parts of the trail were scenic but mostly the scenery was blocked by dense growth along the river. These are images of locations where some of the famous paintings by Alfred Sisley (http://www.alltravels.com/france/ile-de-france/louveciennes/photos/current-photo-85530493), Auguste Renoir (http://www.artble.com/artists/pierre-auguste_renoir/paintings/luncheon_of_the_boating_party)and Claude Monet (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bain_%C3%A0_la_Grenouill%C3%A8re) were created.