Category Archives: Day trips from Paris

Moret sur Loing — For Charm Always Follow the Impressionists

Moret sur Loing is another small treasure near Paris beloved of the impressionists.  Monet, Renoir and Sisley all painted in the area.  The town  was an inexpensive place for artists to live compared to Paris and Sisley lived out his … Continue reading

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Crecy-la-Chapelle — a Touch of Venice in the Parisian Countryside

The weather this October has been crisp and sunny, and so we have taken advantage of these stunning bright days to visit the countryside.  Crecy-la-Chapelle is about 40 km from Paris by train.  You take the E to Esbly and … Continue reading

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Rambouillet – Summer Palace for the President of France

Rambouillet is sort of ‘Camp David’ for the French President; it was the summer house for Kings of France, and much loved by Napoleon.  Much of his decor including his tiny tiny bathtub is still in evidence.  Now the French … Continue reading

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Sceaux — Off the Tourist Track

I love cascades and fountains — still have a snapshot of Versailles gardens through the spray of its great fountain taken 20 years ago — and so when I learned of the cascades of Sceaux and that they were running … Continue reading

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Confronting Mortality at St. Denis

I have seen medieval cadaver tombs — those bunk bed tombs with knight on top and his skeleton on the lower bunk — but they are stylized, almost cartoon like.  The cadaver tombs of St. Denis are much more powerful … Continue reading

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Vaux-le-Vicomte – Our Last Chateau

Vaux-le-Vicomte is our last chateau — oh I am sure we will stumble across another on our travels and look in, but we will probably not again build a day around seeking out a chateau to visit.  We have driven … Continue reading

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Day in the Country – Champigny sur Marne

‘When I am in the country, I never wish to leave it and when I am in town it is pretty much the same.’   We concur with Mr. Bingley’s sentiments because we have discovered the only thing that gives as … Continue reading

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Guinguette — Traveling Back in Time

Guinguettes are taverns, often by the river, where families and friends gather to eat and drink and dance.  They were at the height of their popularity in the 19th century and there are not many left.  Renoir captured their relaxed … Continue reading

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Moyen Age — Visit to Senlis

Moyen Age — middle age — no not us, long past that — but Senlis (sohn leece), a well preserved medieval village not far from Paris and also just around the corner from Charles de Gaulle airport.   We took the … Continue reading

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An Hour from Paris -Ecouen – France’s Rennaisance Museum

Annabel Simms wrote a lovely little guide to day trips on public transport near Paris.  She includes instructions for visiting 20 interesting small towns, parks, chateau in easy range of the city.  Chartres, Fontainbleau, Giverny, Chantilly, Versailles and similar well … Continue reading

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