my sister and i passed a nice afternoon on the island of chatou. we took the next to last boat ride aboard the "denicheur" . the guide was a sweet young woman who showed visual aids to help us recreate in our mind's eye the ambiance and the sites painted in the now famous impressionist paintings. There is also an interesting collection of period wooden boats lovingly maintained and repaired on site. A tour can be arranged. the maison fournaise still serves food.