During a short, August stopover to Paris, mon amis et moi wanted to spend one out of three days getting out of le cité. Through Afar's website I came across the Top Ten Day trips from Paris and this looked perfect.
We elected to transport ourselves the slightly longer but lovelier way, via the train from Gare Saint Lazar. This was fun, as we learned later that Monet used to take the same train often to go back and forth between his home and Paris.
Then we walked for 45 minutes from the station to the Monet house, where there is not only a small but colorful museum, but yes - the actual garden where Monet pained Water Lilies is there as well.
The gardin, though packed with tourists, is so beautiful it doesn't matter that it's full of people as everyone seems to be in awe of the spectacular display of organic beauty.
There are also cute little places to sip an espresso or much on some fromage.
*Tip: On the return trip, we dined at the restaurant "Lazar" which is inside the train station. Très délicieux!!
Thank you for the recommendation, Afar.