Plan a trip to the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France and insert your crew right into French art history. In an art-lover's French dream vacation, tour the sites of world-renowned French paintings and take classes yourself. Meditate at The Rock of La Fileuse, the inspiration behind 23 works of Claude Monet that are currently at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fine Arts Museums of Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Philadelphia Museum of Arts. Visit the home of Suzanne Valadon, muse, mother, and inspiration to many prominent artists, including Renoir, and also a prolific artist herself — wild for a woman of her time! Or visit the site of Monet's lilies.
In the same trip, you can explore the French city Limoges, which is a bit off the beaten path but a UNESCO creative capital for its celebrated "fire arts." Ceramics, enamels, and glass-making are important strongholds in Limoges, and you've seen work from Limoges throughout the world — for example, Hermes' signature ceramics. Limoges is at the same time a young and vibrant city due to the university, and of course, it's charming . . . is that a French requisite?