The first glance of the garden was like a Monet painting – color everywhere, too much too look at once – nothing orderly. We decided to stand back and get an overview and to wander around the house first. On the path up we were greeted by the cock-a-doodle-doo of the Garden's roosters - although someone did tell us that's not what French roosters say.
If you are looking for Monet's original paintings the place to go is The Orangerie in Paris, http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/ there are few originals in the house, although there were two on exhibit at the NY Botanical Gardens. The house does have an amazing collection of Japanese art and engravings that Monet collected.
My favorite rooms were dining room with its vibrant yellow walls offsetting the blue dishes on the sideboards and its massive wood table for Monet's large family and guest artists; and the robin egg blue kitchen with the Rouen tiles, copper pots, large work sink and coal cooker. DH and I both noticed that the kitchen had running water.
Visitors are not permitted to take photos in the house but can take pictures out the second floor bedroom windows. So in place of Linnea in Monet's Garden, you have Mary in Monet's Garden.