While many travel an hour outside of Paris to see Claude Monet's home, they are missing another impressive artist's home at Le Moulin Jaune.
The home of Slava Plunin, an avant-garde performance artist who calls himself "the world's supreme clown," this is essentially a clown commune. The property serves as a working lab for Plunin's traveling clown troupe, the Academy of Fools, and is every bit as weird and wonderful as that description suggests.
The property encompasses themed rooms (including one modeled after "Jack and the Beanstalk"), performance spaces and five uniquely designed kaleidoscopic gardens of color, sculpture, art and plants. The gardens are open during the summer months and are used to host playful performances and festivals sans the crowds of Paris.
You'd be a fool not to pay a visit.