Barbizon Approx. Time: 4 hours
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

55 kms from Paris, the town of Barbizon is just down the road. It was the home of the world-famous Barbizon school of 19th-century landscape painters.

One artist popularly associated with the Barbizon school is Jean-Francois Millet, whose masterpiece "The Angelus" shows a farmer and his wife bowing in thankful prayer. It is perhaps one of the most familiar French paintings.

Barbizon is a quiant town with ornate storefronts of limestone blocks, carved centuries ago, hold treasures of oil paintings, watercolors, sculptures, prints and lithographs by artists whose homes could be the apartment above the gallery, or the garage in the back.