Today I had the humbling experience of visiting the home and gardens of Claude Monet.
Getting there was quite an undertaking. After hours of waiting for trains, then changing trains, and waiting for busses, this is what I found to be the best way to get there (by public transportation):
1. Take the metro to Gare St. Lazare.
2. Purchase a SNCF ticket to Vernon from the Billets desk.
3. Board the 45-minute train to Vernon.
4. Once you arrive in Vernon, check the Giverny bus transit times. I had to wait 45 minutes for the bus, which gave me an opportunity to have an espresso and make friends with other people traveling to Giverny. The bus to Giverny is 8 Euro round trip.
You can also walk (1 hour), take a taxi (15 minutes, 15 Euros each way), or ride a bike (rentals available in the cafe across the street from the train station for 14 Euros for the whole day).
It may seem a little complicated, but believe me, it is well worth it. Here are just a few of my photos from walking around the Monet estate:
Be sure to check the Giverny website before planning your trip, as it is closed from November-March.