Posts Tagged ‘day trips’

Day Trips from Paris: A Royal Stay at Versailles

Paris is a great and wonderful city to call home. But every now and then a girl needs a little green, something more than the city’s elegant parks with their “Keep off the grass” signs. While most visitors think of […]

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Paris tours: inside the Château de Vaux le Vicomte

Beyond Paris Tours: Château de Vaux le Vicomte

While you’re in Paris, a day trip to one of the many nearby historic châteaux will help you discover the splendor of a bygone era of French […]

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Along the GR20, Corsica

Top Five Weekend Getaways in France for Summer and Fall

I have been in France for five years now and have done countless weekend and longer trips throughout l’Hexagone (the Hexagon, as France is often described). And every time I visit somewhere new, I end up adding more getaways in France to my list instead of crossing them off! There is still so much to explore. And yet, there are several corners of the country that keep drawing me back—physically and in my dreams! Here are my top weekend trip picks for the summer and fall seasons.

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A royal swan at Chantilly

Day Trip from Paris: Chantilly

“Chantilly lace and a pretty face . . .” My mom tortured me with that 1950s tune from the Big Bopper. But those were not just silly lyrics. Chantilly is a royal town in Oise and, just north of the City of Light, makes for a great day trip from Paris.

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Paris Day Trips: Following Van Gogh

Van Gogh, or as the Parisian’s pronounce his name, “Van Gawhogg,” is perhaps my favorite 19th-century artist. I only hesitate because I have yet to see this season’s Caillebotte exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart-André. I love the energy that is clear in Vincent’s brushstrokes and his dynamic color palette that makes his work almost dance before your eyes. Naturally, I find it completely thrilling that seeing where Van Gogh created his last 70 masterpieces is an easy day trip from Paris.

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Fish, my main course

Le Petit Weekend: Burgundy at a Glance

As much as all Parisians love Paris, they also adore a petit weekend—a getaway, either a day trip from Paris or an entire weekend. Recently, during autumn, I hightailed it out of the city for a wine-tasting trip to Burgundy. My friend Kelly and I headed for Beaune, which is perfectly situated to explore both côtes, Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. One can reach Beaune via train or car. The TGV train takes just over two hours to arrive there, and via car the trip is about three hours plus, depending on traffic. If you wish to take the train, you can rent bikes right in Beaune if the weather is fine. But there are some hills, so if you want to tour the entire region, you’ll need to either rent a car in Beaune or be in good biking shape.

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A day spent at the gardens and home of Monet at Giverny is a beautiful one, regardless of with whom you spend it, whether a fellow art lover or travel companion. And of course a sunny day spent among flowers in the green countryside of France lends itself easily to romance. But I decided to forge the way there on my own, and the peace and beauty of my day, along with the sense of Monet’s presence, were themselves a powerful accompaniment.

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