To have seen Monet’s famous water lilies at the Musée de L’Orangerie and then to see where he painted them was just amazing. We decided it was best to start early when dealing with trains, since we are not good with them. We were able to go right to the station and watch the boards. My Trainline app showed me the boards in real time, but somehow I lost it and never found it again. It was still easy to watch the boards. When our train, though, came up on the board, a mass of people went towards the train. We had reserved seats in first class and found them immediately. We then took the 80 minute ride to Vernon and I remembered exactly where to pick up the bus, so we went directly to the bus, gave the driver 20 euros for a return ticket, then made the 10 minute drive to Giverny.
As I remembered, the line for tickets was extremely long, and I remembered correctly. We had pre-purchased, so were able to go in the group line, which was about 2 people long. I would recommend this even in low season, as I remembered there being a line in September -October. I have hundreds of pictures, but I believe you can see them best in my video, which I have also posted.
We enjoyed our day and it really wasn’t even hot. We walked back to where we were let off at the bus. Be sure to remember where this is, as we had a momentary heart failure when we tried to remember, but did remember and caught the bus just a few minutes later. We also had to remember where we had put the return tickets, but found them without issues.
We arrived at the station in plenty of time with about 1000 other people, who had the same idea. Although we had first class tickets, the ticket agent said there was no assigned seating and I know why. We ended up standing along with nearly everyone else in a second class car because we couldn’t move. Fortunately, the air conditioning was good and we were cool.
We came back to our apartment and stayed in to watch the Women’s World Cup final, which ended up being worthwhile, as the US was victorious.
Tomorrow is our last day and we intend on spending it at the Louvre. Our Navigo Découverte will expire tonight, so I think I will try to get a one day ticket for both of us, then see if we can just get one ticket to get to the Charles DeGaulle airport on Tuesday.