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November 11th

November 11th

This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice after World War I. Secrets of Paris has provided us (here) with a great summary of the events commemorating this centennial. Be sure to read my post about visiting Compiègne, the town just outside Paris where...

Half an Hour from Paris

Half an Hour from Paris

Annabel Simms has published a new book to help us discover some lesser known secrets just outside Paris, Half An Hour from Paris. Annabel has a good understanding of what visitors need in terms of the practical aids. She includes a map of the Paris region as well as...

Cycling from Meaux to Paris

Cycling from Meaux to Paris

A few weeks ago, I joined a group of friends from the Anglo American Press Association in Paris on a bike ride from Meaux back to Paris. We took a 9:51am Saturday train from Gare de l'Est to Meaux, arriving in only about 25 minutes and for a mere 8 EUR. Just across...

Visit Champagne!

Visit Champagne!

Last year, I wrote about my weekend trip to Champagne and posted the itinerary from the overnight. But for visitors with limited time who would like to get just a taste of Champagne, a day trip to the region of bubbly is also an option. Numerous companies organize...

Candlelit Evenings at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte

Candlelit Evenings at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte

Every Saturday evening from the start of May to early October, the 17th century château of Vaux-le-Vicomte invites visitors to tour the château's gardens by the light of approximately 2,000 candles. The ticket (€19.50 for adults) also includes a self-guided visit of...

Visiting History at Compiègne

Visiting History at Compiègne

About a 35 minutes' drive north of CDG Airport or a 40 minutes' train ride from Gare du Nord lies Compiègne, a pleasant city in Picardie and the site of the Armistice between Germany and the Allies that took effect at 11:00am on November 11, 1918 and ended World War...

An Afternoon in L’Isle Adam

An Afternoon in L’Isle Adam

About 32 kilometers northwest of Paris, along the Oise River, lies the small town of L'Isle Adam, an idyllic spot to spend a Sunday afternoon. View from the river path just northwest of L'Isle Adam L'Isle Adam has a little bit for everyone: the river and trails...

La Ferté-Milon and the Canal de l’Ourcq

La Ferté-Milon and the Canal de l’Ourcq

I had visited La Ferté-Milon briefly about four years ago by car, but inspired by Annabel Simms' write-up in An Hour from Paris (and now realizing that it is also accessible by public transportation), I went back to La Ferté-Milon last weekend for a walk along...

My Photo of Chambord on BootsnAll’s Whygo.com!

My Photo of Chambord on BootsnAll’s Whygo.com!

My photo from the Château of Chambord in the Loire Valley has been selected as today's Whygo.com's "Photo of the Day"! Chambord was built by King François I in the early 1500s as a hunting lodge (with a mere 440 rooms and 85 staircases it was of course too small to be...

La Coulée Verte & Parc de Sceaux

La Coulée Verte & Parc de Sceaux

A wonderful day trip or even half-day escape from the city is the Coulée Verte (or “Green Corridor”) extending to and beyond the Parc de Sceaux south of Paris.  The Coulée Verte is a series of parks and greenways that connect to form an uninterrupted 12-kilometer...

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