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Normandy Beach

What To Visit For Your Normandy Battle Tours ?

1944. June, the 6th. D.Day of the invasion of Normandy. Soldiers from 16 different nationalities landed on Normandy’s beaches, marking the start of Europe’s liberation from the Nazis. Allies landed on the 5 beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. Back on the track of a broken past.

All along Normandy Coast are monuments and museums dedicated to World War II. In fact, the battle of Normandy was a decisive turn for peace in Europe. 4 days are needed to do a complete tour. But you can skip some steps.

 

Practical Information Before Doing Normandy Battle Tours :

For Normandy Battle Tours, you can rent a car. But I recommend you contact a tourism agency or to book a tour with a guide since organizing this tour will be pretty difficult, especially if you do not know French roads well. As for public transportation, it is limited and not advised.

 

Day 1 : Mémorial of Caen, Sword Beach and Canadian Tour

To start Normandy Battle Tours, you should visit the Memorial of Caen, one of the most important museum on World War II. It covers the contemporary history from Sarajevo to the fall of the Berlin wall. You can take a ticket for the visit of the Memorial of Caen and for “Arromanches 360”, a circular cinema with unique footage of WWII.

Then visit Juno Beach and the Sword Beach, where the Merville Battery is located. At the Merville battery, you will discover the Germans’ defense system, with 20km-ranged cannons.D Day sites, 5 beaches of Normandy, Normandy Battle Tours

At Juno Beach, which was affected to the Canadian army, was held a bloody battle. The low tide and the lack of visibility, led to a late arrival of the army, enabling the opposing army to organize itself. Thus, Canadians suffered heavy losses. It is also the beach of Charles de Gaulle’s return (you can take a look at the Lorraine cross).

The Center Juno Beach is the only Canadian museum. It depicts Canada’s role during World War II.

 

Day 2 : Arromanches, the “Musée du Débarquement” and the British Cemetery

Arromanches’ port, also called Port Mulberry or Port Winston, is the ground zero for the operation. Actually, there were 2 harbors but the one on Omaha beach was destroyed by the storm. Normandy Battle ToursThe floating port was decisive for the liberation of France, especially for the offensive of Montgomery at Caen. The artificial harbor was built for the battle in 8 days thanks to a system of  spare parts. Located on the middle of the 5 beaches, weapons and ammunitions were provided by this bridge.

Enjoy a 19-minute movie at “Arromanches 360“, a circular cinema with exclusive images and footages of the World War II, ideal to immerse in the context of the war.

After this, you can visit the “Musée du Débarquement” of Arromanches, the first museum to commemorate the battle of Normandy. Built on the ruins, the museum will describe how the harbor was made.

Then, you can walk through the British cemetery. Actually, there are 27 cemeteries in Normandy. So there is no need to visit all of them.

 

Day 3 : Omaha Beach and the “Pointe du Hoc”

Normandy battlefield excursion in 1 to 2 days, Normandy Battle ToursOmaha beach is also called “Bloody Omaha“, since one of the most devastating battles was here. Near Omaha beach, you will find a memorial and the American cemetery, where almost 10 000 soldiers who fought for peace are buried. For a better understanding of the context, I recommend you visit the visitor center.

The Museum of D-Day Omaha was built in commemoration of American soldiers who fought on Omaha Beach. Some special pieces are displayed as a rebuilding of Port Arromanches A.

After Omaha beach, you should admire the Pointe du Hoc. American rangers climbed steep cliffs to take this important observation base of German fortifications. They discovered then that the Germans had moved their cannons a few days before. The mission was so risky that from the 225 rangers, only 90 were in shape to fight. It still bears the marks of the intense bombing from the Allies. You will be able to visit the remaining bunkers.

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Day 4 : Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the batteries of Marcouf and Utah Beach

Sainte-Mère l’Eglise is the first village liberated by the Americans. Paratroopers took a lead role in this mission. One story in particular, made this village famous. Wounded in the legs, one paratrooper landed on the Church tower and remained hanging here for 3 hours. He pretended to be dead, then was captured by the Germans and fortunately he managed to escape. A manikin was put on the Church as a souvenir.

The Airborne museum covers especially the role of paratroopers and the material and techniques of the time.

After visiting the museum, you can either explore the labyrinth of the batterie of Crisberg or the battery of Azeville. The first one, the battery of Crisberg, has shown the most opposition. Its 30km-ranged guns made it the most impressive battery of the Normandy Coast.

To end your Normandy Battle Tours, go to Utah Beach. In the “Musée du Débarquement” is displayed one of the 3 last bombardiers still existing, the bombardier B26.

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5 monuments à voir à Paris

Avec Paris étant la ville animée qu’il est, il peut être difficile de déterminer où aller et les lieux à voir. Après avoir lu notre guide des lieux d’intérêt à Paris, vous saurez exactement où vous voulez aller !

1) La Tour Eiffel

Signature du monument de Paris! Debout à plus de 1000 pieds de haut, la Tour Eiffel offre une vue imprenable sur Paris. Vous pouvez vous arrêter sur le premier niveau pour une vue incroyable et les achats dePlaces of Interest Paris souvenirs ou les lieux de niveau d’intérêt Parissecond, qui abrite le célèbre restaurant Jules Vernes. Si vous vous sentez vraiment aventureux, continuer sur le troisième niveau de l’expérience d’une vue à 360 ° au niveau des nuages. Ne pas oublier d’arrêter au sombre pour voir la Tour Eiffel tout illuminé!

2) Le Musée du Louvre

Venez visiter le plus grand musée du monde et l’un des principaux lieux d’intérêt à Paris. Auparavant, l’ancienne résidence des rois de France, le Louvre accueille aujourd’hui plus de 35.000 chefs-d’œuvre. De la Joconde à la Pyramide du Louvre, il est un chef-d’œuvre pour tous les goûts.
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3) Le Musée d’Orsay

En plus du Louvre, Paris abrite le Musée d’Orsay. Musée d’Orsay est mondialement connu pour sa collection d’art impressionniste de différents médiums: peintures, Places of Interest Parissculptures, meubles, et la photographie. Situé sur la rive ouest de la rivière Seine, le musée d’Orsay est juste en face des magnifiques Jardins des Tuileries.

 

 

 

4) La Cathédrale de Notre-Dame

Ouverture dans le 14ème siècle, Notre-Dame est connue pour son architecture, vitraux, gargouilles, et est le cadre pour le célèbre roman, Le Bossu de Notre-Dame de Victor Hugo. Vous pouvez simplement observPlaces of Interest Pariser le merveilleux de l’extérieur, ou de choisir d’entrer dans la cathédrale et être surpris par le design d’intérieur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Montmartre

Situé dans le 18ème arrondissement de Paris, il y a beaucoup de choses à voir à Montmartre. Visitez la basilique du Sacré-Cœur, le Moulin Rouge, ou Espace Dalí à absorber la culture Montmartre a à offrir. Montmartre est un lieu de banlieue pour vous promenant à travers les rues sinueuses ou attraper un tour sur le “petit train”.

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Bordeaux, the “Sleeping Beauty”

First, we recommend you to start this France itinerary staying a few days in Bordeaux, also nicknamed “La Belle endormie” because it is the second French city (after Paris) in terms of number of listed historical monuments. And you indeed won’t be disappointed by the famous Place de la Bourse (and the stunning “Miroir d’eau”) which marks a shift between the medieval and the new classical city. Bordeaux is quite astonishing for its blend of temporality in its monuments: the contrast between the neoclassic Palais Rohan built in the 18th century, the roman arena Le Palais Gallien, and the gothic Cathédrale Saint-André speaks for itself. Plus, if you are a wine lover, jump at the chance of participating to an excursion which will bring you at the core of the fabrication of the renown and delightful Bordeaux wine ! (Check our special Bordeaux Package if interested)

 

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Toulouse, the “Pink City”

Then, we advise you to go to Toulouse, which is about 2 hours and a half away from Bordeaux. You will be seduced by its colourful streets and monuments, starting with the Capitole, stunning for its rose marble pillars and statues. During the day, you can admire this place and wander in the charming streets nearby; but when lit at night, this beautiful monument becomes highly outstanding, and we are convinced you don’t want to miss that either. As for religious edifices, you will be amazed by the particular shape of the Basilique Saint Sernin and the Eglise des Jacobins. If yearning for more nature, you will be pleased by a wander along the Canal du Midi, which was designated at UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, if you are eager to discover more quirky activities, you should visit the Airbus factory, which is one of Toulouse’s biggest success and pride.

 

Calanques France ItineraryAix & Marseille, the “Phocean City”

To continue this France itinerary, next you should go to Provence, especially in two cities: Aix and Marseille. In Aix, let yourself be charmed by the “Cours Mirabeau”: this alley is full of gorgeous fountains and gardens which will bring you to a little heaven of pureness, inserted among splendid hotels such as the famous Hotel de Villars. Then, if you want to change for another atmosphere, go to Marseille, the “phocean city” where there are plenty of treasures. Some are religious, as the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde or the Cathédrale la Major; some are historical, as the Castle d’If or the Palais Longchamp. But maybe the “must see” is the Canebière, a huge and lively street leading to the old Harbour of Marseille. From there, you can plan an excursion to the Calanques which will amaze you by the contrast they offer between the rocky cliffs and the turquoise-blue water of the sea.

 

Lyon, the “Gaules Capital”

Once revived by such a natural show, head to Lyon. Its historic site is registered in UNESCO World Heritage Site, which already informs you the delight you will feel discovering this city. First, take time to wander in the Quartier Saint-Jean in which the paved little streets, the artisanal boutiques, but also the Cathedral Saint Jean will seduce you. Then, an inescapable Notre Dame de Fourviere Lyon France Itinerarymonument certainly is the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, for its magnificence in dimensions but also in the idea of pureness spread by its fair colours fair. Don’t forget to enjoy the view it gives upon the entire city, crossed by the Rhône. By the way, a walk along the river may meet your expectations of nature, but the Parc de la tête d’Or will undoubtedly fulfil them. Finally, for an uncommon visit of this city, try to find the Traboules, starting from the top of the Croix Rousse for instance: they are hidden ways silk workers used not to damage the material, you can find them pushing doors and seeing if they open on a secret passage !

 

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To end this France itinerary, if you are leaving from Paris, we recommend you to go to Lille since it is about 2 hours and a half away from the French Capitol. This very charming city is above all known for its “Vieux Lille” district, which architecture is full of colours, and which sinuous streets are covered in paves. You shouldn’t miss either its impressive monuments; some are gathered in la Grande Place such as la Vieille Bourse de Lille, but you can also be as much admiring in front of the Palais des Beaux Arts or la Librairie Furet du Nord. Thus, if you have a spare day, don’t hesitate to enjoy a moment in this very lively and appealing city !

 

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France Miniature – A Tiny Version of France

France Miniature is an attraction located outside Paris, at Elancourt, where you can have a look at every landmarks and famous places of France in a miniature version. If you are only staying for one week and you don’t have enough time to visit everything in France, go to France Miniature.

 

France Miniature

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The idea of a thematic miniature park appeared in the 19th Century, Bekonscot in the UK and Madurodam in The Netherlands were the first thematic parks to come into existance. France Miniature, created in 1991 is celebrating its 25th years anniversary. The biggest thematic miniature park of Europe, enables you to visit France in a record time. It offers to visit 6 regions (the North and Ile de France, the East, the West, the Center, the South-West and the South-East) of France with more than 2 000 models like villages, castles, ports, railway stations with trains displayed over 5 hectares. You can explore the 117 monuments of France like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and others as you were a giant. If you don’t know all the monuments that are present in the park don’t worry, there is a map that is pretty easy to understand. The regions can clearly be identified as there are different colours, the monuments can be found easily as there are numbers and the names on the map. You may have a look at the Palais de la Miniature during your visit, where you will be able to see miniature characters.

Playground and Restaurant

France Miniature

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France Miniature is for everyone from children to the retired ones who still want to visit the famous places in France. Beside the park you have access to other things, if you are visiting the park with your children feel free to go to the playground. There are many activities that could interest them such as having a ride on a six track toboggan, having a look at the panoramic tower to have a nice view and other. There are  8 attractions, most of them can be educative in one kind as they are related to the French history like King Arthur.  Of course, these activities are as entertaining as the visit of the park itself, the children will surely like them. You can have access to these for free once you have paid your entrance ticket. For those who get hungry, don’t panic, there are two spaces to eat, the snack bar La Gourmandine (opened from April to November) and the restaurant Les Provinces (check the official website to see if it’s open). Les Provinces offers many different regional dishes  while La Gourmandine offers snack and fast-food.

Getting to France Miniature

France Miniature

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France miniature is located at Boulevard André Malraux, 78990 ELANCOURT.  The nearest station is La Verrière, you can take the train Transilien lines N or H and then take the busses numbered 411 or 412 and stop at France Miniature. If you want to plan your journey to France Miniature, check this. Consider a 1.30 hour journey to get there from central Paris.

Or if you drive, you can take your car but there is a parking fee. It may be easier to use a private shuttle to get there (prices from 75€ one way, you can contact us here to book one). The park is open from 10 AM to 6 PM, but it depends on the season. Be sure to check that it is open before going, check France Miniature official website.

 Tickets

France Miniature

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You can get your tickets once you arrive or online. Prices are different according to the season. During the high season (July and August), it’s 21€ for adults and 15€ for children, otherwise it’s 20€ for adults and 14€ for children.  Reduction are available for the unemployed, UE students, large families, disabled, and people over 60.

 

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The Cluny Middle Ages Museum

Located in the 5th district of Paris, the Cluny Middle Ages Museum holds one of the largest medieval art collections in the world.  Whether you have a passion for Medieval History and the Middle Ages or not, the visit is worth it!

Why should you visit this museum?

The Cluny Middle Ages Museum

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In the heart of the Latin Quarter, this museum is brimming with  history and is the perfect place for history buffs. In fact, the Cluny Middle Ages Museum mixes Gallo-Roman and medieval architecture which reveal all its historical treasures.

 

 

 

History

The Cluny Middle Ages Museum

Alexandre du Sommerard – Credit: Wikipedia

This museum has met a few shifts among centuries. Originally, it was known as a town house of the abbots of Cluny. Then, it became a hotel that hosted royalty like Mary Tudor. It was purchased during the 15th Century (1485) by Jacques d’Amboise, a French bishop. In fact, Amboise’s aim was to enhance his power through the construction of a palace with elaborate decoration. At the end of the 19th Century, this hotel was turned into a museum by Alexandre du Sommerard (a French archaeologist and art collector). Alexandre du Sommerard bought it because he wanted to display his art collection. Now, it remains one of the largest Renaissance and Middle Ages art collections in the world.

What will you see?

The Cluny Middle Ages Museum

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This place is filled with history and holds artifacts which date from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Moreover, you will have access to many medieval tapestries, the most famous one being La Dame à la Licorne (The Lady and the Unicorn) series (5th Century). The outside of the museum is as important as the inside. In fact, the museum is made up of two buildings. The first one is younger out of the two, Cluny Abbey Hotel, and the other one is a series of Gallo-Roman baths. You will be able to admire the known Roman thermal baths that were built around 2000 AD which contain a set of Jewish gravestones that date back to Roman times. They represent some of the best preserved remnants of the Gallo-Roman city of Lutetia.

 Services provided

The Cluny Middle Ages Museum

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There are audio guides available at the museum for a fee of €1. Different types of tours are offered by the museum, like group or guided tours. If you are interested in a more comfortable visit of Parisian medieval monuments, you can book a combo tour which includes other medieval places.

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Should you need further information about additional services in the museum, go to their official websiteThis museum caters to everyone but will be even more appreciated by history lovers. If you are not a history aficionado but just a curious person that is visiting Paris, we advise you to go there anyway.

How to plan your visit?

If you want to visit the Cluny Middle Ages Museum, opening hours are from 9.15 AM to 5.45 PM, except on Tuesday when it is closed.  Moreover, the museum closes its doors thrice a year: on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

The Cluny Middle Ages Museum

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Several public transportation services are available.

The Cluny Middle Ages Museum by RER: you have to stop at the Saint-Michel station (RER B or RER C).

The Cluny Middle Ages Museum by metro: you can stop at stations: Odéon (line 4), Saint-Michel (line 4) or Cluny-Sorbonne (line 10).

The Cluny Middle Ages Museum by bus: several bus lines stop in front of the museum (line 21 – 27 – 38 – 63 – 85 – 86 – 87).

The Clunny Middle Ages Museum

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The ticket prices can vary. The full ticket is €9. However, if you are willing to visit various museums in Paris, you can get the Paris Museum pass where you will have free access to more than 60 of them.

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Nnapoleon's tomb

Napoleon’s tomb

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Napoleon’s tomb is located inside the Hotel National des Invalides, precisely under the Dome des Invalides. We will help you discover this fantastic place by going back in time.

What will you see?

Napoleon's tombThis royal chapel was built between 1677 and 1706. The interior designs glorify Louis XIV, his armies and his power. During the reign of Napoleon Bonaprte, the church was used for military activity.

Napoleon's tombNapoleon died on May 5th, 1821, on the island of St. Helena. His body stayed there until 1840, when it was transferred to Les Invalides while his tomb was being built. The infamous tomb is made up of red quartzite and is surrounded by a laurel crown. Eight “victories” are sculpted on it to symbolize Napoleon’s campaigns. There is a statue of the Emperor in the back of the tomb to symbolize him and his empire. During Napoleon’s reign, he accomplished many things, the most significant are depicted in the circular gallery surrounding his tomb in the form of bas-reliefs: administrative centralization, State Council, Civil Code, Concordat, Imperial University, court of accounts, code of commerce, Major Works and the Legion of Honor.

Who is it for?

The visit to Napoleon’s tomb is for everyone. The visit won’t take up too much time, either. It should take about 45 minutes.

How to plan your visit?

To visit Napoleon’s tomb at Les Invalides, we suggest 2 options:

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  • Tickets bought online are queue jump tickets, so you don’t have to wait at the till.
  • Tickets must be printed at home – you cannot enter the museum without these printed tickets.
  • An additional administration fee of €0.95 applies to tickets bought online.

 

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  • This is a special 3 hour tour of the Louvre, Les Invalides, Place Vendôme, École Militaire and the Legion of Honor, all of which are monuments related to Napoleon.

 

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Paris museum pass

Paris is one of the cities with more heritages in the world. If you are planning your visit in Paris and you are a museum lover you cannot miss any of them. Without wasting money, the Paris museum pass is the adapted solution for who wants learning and improving their own knowledge from the magnificent museums and attractions of Paris.

 

Why the Paris museum pass is worth ?

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Imagine to buy tickets for all these attractions!

Arch de Triomphe 13€, Centre Pompidou 14€, Musee du Quai Branly 9€, Musee du Louvre 15€, Tours de Notre-Dame 10€, Musee d’Orsay 12€, Pantheon 8,50€, Musee Rodin 10€, Sainte-Chapelle 10€, Chateau de Versailles 18 €

Total amount should be:  118.50 €

Instead with Paris museum pass the cost will be:

  • 2 consecutive days 48 €
  • 4 consecutive days 62 €
  • 6 consecutive days 74€

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Why choosing the Paris museum pass?

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The Paris Museum Pass provides you the visit to over 50 museums, monuments and permanent collections, in Paris or around its region. Based on your trip duration the Paris museum pass has three options: 2(48 €), 4 (62 €), or 6 (74€) consecutive days in order to progressively save money with an option of more days. It depends how you organized your Parisian time trip. In every case the Paris Museum Pass will give you the chance to avoid the queue and having a free entry (not guaranteed in case of checks for specific security reasons). Further, don’t be afraid to miss any painting or sculpture, with this pass you will have unlimited number of visits in each museum.  With the Paris museum pass you will have a flyer which gathers all the details about the museums and monuments included in the offer.

Helpful advices

The first day, before beginning your visit remember to write on the Paris museum pass your surname, first name and the day’s date! It will be useful in case of validity recognition and loss.

Bear to mind the Paris museum pass does not include entry to temporary exhibitions or conference visits. Passes are either taken back or exchanged. Furthermore, if you will not have time to visit all what previously planned you can consider to visit few museums the evening. The museums the evening are very relaxing and you will have the right concentration to focus on each fantastic heritage.

 

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Five photos that capture the spirit of the city of Paris

It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. By that sound logic, five pictures are worth five thousand words. Maybe even that is not enough words to do the city of Paris justice. In any case, here is an attempt to capture what may well be the soul of Paris in a few photos.

 

The Christmas markets

It’s December, and even if you haven’t noticed, Paris has. There’s no better way to understand the city in wintertime better than to stroll through the arrays of tents offering all kinds of wonders. Hot wine, sausages, cheeses, chocolates––essential holiday shopping!

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Christmas market (Wikimedia Commons)

 

The cafés

Paris is Paris because of the coffeeshops. The wicker chairs, the pleasingly neglectful waiters, and the cigarette smoke wafting over from either side reminds you what Paris, city of cafés, is all about. Want to “do” Paris right? Spend at least a few hours chatting, sipping, and/or nibbling at a place like this.

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Les Deux Magots (Wikimedia Commons)

 

The Seine

Most big cities have a river, and that river colors the personality of the city. How a metropolis integrates and interacts with its water is important for its character even beyond the quay. The Seine is magnificent, as is the way Paris is built around and over it. But again, let the image do the talking:

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The Seine (Wikimedia Commons)

 

Louvre

This world-famous museum gets plenty of coverage basically everywhere–and for good reason. Its contents aside, just soaking in the exterior is a profoundly Parisian experience. Here is the quintessence of Parisian culture, accompanied by a shocking juxtaposition of new and old.

Le musée du Louvre

 

The Skyline

Of course it’s hard to talk about the spirit of a city without considering it in its wholeness. Arguably, the beauty of Paris lies somewhere in its entirety. The best a photograph can do then, is expose the skyline of the city of lights, alight.

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Paris at night (Wikimedia Commons)

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Trips from Paris by train

Most people who come to Paris again and again, rarely become tired of it… However, if you want to explore and discover beyond the city limits, there are plently of day trips from Paris by train! I want to introduce you to my personal guide to trips from Paris by train, and each of them are close enough to go back and forth in a day.

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Provins

First of, there is a small town called Provins. It is an hour and 25 mins south-east of Paris, and you can depart from the train station Gare de l’Est. Provins is an ancient town, and get you back to the Middle Ages, with beautifully and amazing buildings, and winding streets. If you have the slightest interest in history, this would be the perfect day trip for you. Provins is also well-known for its rose-derived produce so use it as an excuse to stock up on rose petal jam.

You can take a local train from Gare de l’Est – they leave every half an hour. You won’t save any money by booking in advance so you can just stroll up on the day.

Provins, France

Provins, with it’s beautiful, narrow streets and historical aspects…

Giverny

Next up is Giverny, which is also included in a day trip in our beneficial packages on ParisByM. You will be amazed by the very famous series of water lily paintings by the Claude Monet. Giverny is just 45 minutes from the train station Gare Saint Lazare station, and you can go with a fast train. The house and the garden is inspired by Monet’s life work. When you take the train, you will arrive in Vernon, from where it is approximately an hour walk from the train station. You can also rent bikes, because some companies offer bike rental just outside the train station, or else you can take a very short bus ride towards Giverny. You will hereby find this beautiful garden, which is very peaceful. At summertime the garden is in full bloom, which leaves you amazed, and the impression will for sure stay with you forever. Make sure not to miss!

Giverny, Paris

Giverny.. Amazing!

Auvers-sur-Oise

Auvers-sur Oise is the place, where painter Vincent Van Gogh famously worked and died. In 70 short days, Van Gogh painted prolifically, creating on average one work every day until his death. If you’re not a Van Gogh fan, you will still be amazed by this beautiful town, and it’s fields which inspired his work. You can head to the Auberge Ravoux, to see the famous apartment where Van Gogh lived his very final months, or you can enjoy your lunch there at table number five, which is where Van Gogh took his meals… Down the memory lane! If you pass by the village church, you will see the cemerety where the famous artist is buried. Amazing choice for a trip outside of Paris by train!

On weekends and holidays from April – October a direct train to Auvers leaves from Gare du Nord around 10am, taking 35 minutes. All other times, visitors must take a train from either Gare du Nord or St. Lazare, then transfer to an Auvers-bound train at Valmondois, Pointoise or St. Ouen. You do not have to book in advance.

Auverns, France

Auverns, Van Gogh

Fontainebleau-Avon

Last recommendation for a day trip by train, is Fontainebleau-Avon. The amazing town is just forty minutes from Paris, and the forest of Fontainebleau is just moments from the station, which covers 100 square miles. You can enjoy a picnic in the former royal hunting grounds, or go towards the castle, which is the city’s main monument. The Château de Fontainebleau was once the country seat to French royals, which goes back to the 16th century.

There is a lot to see – for example galleries, art and Marie Antoinette’s bed! You have to take a day off your calender to have enough time to explore this amazing place, in an relaxed pace… It’s a straightforward 40 minute train ride from Gare de Lyon to the Fontainebleau-Avon station. This is a local train you needn’t book in advance. If you’re headed for the castle then take the ‘Ligne A’ bus destined for Les Lilas, alighting at the ‘Château’ stop. Or else you can walk approximately 35 minutes.

Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau, and it’s amazing castle.. One of the most visited monuments in France!

This were my recommendations for trips from Paris by train… Hope you enjoyed the guide I completed for you, if your wanderlust outside of Paris increases.

Until next time…