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Auvers-sur-Oise or Chantilly

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Has anyone done these daytrips from Paris?
Chantilly I believe is on the RER system, but any hints on Auvers? Any suggestions
for either place? If I go to Auvers I want to see Van Gogh's place of burial and the church he painted--easy by public transport or foot power?

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    no, I don't believe Chantilly is on the RER system, but it certainly is very easily by regular SNCF train. I loved that day trip even though some guidebooks were rather tepid about it -- beautiful gardens and chateau and even a rather interesting art museum within the chateau. The chateau is about 1-1/2 miles from the train station, a nice walk in pleasant weather. I suppose you can get a cab, I didn't try as I like to walk. I wanted to go to Auvers-sur-Oise last year but could not figure out how to get the train to there in Gare du Nord. It's a little tricky as it's a suburban train (not the RER) and they are not marked nearly as well as the long distance lines (with schedules, big boards, etc) So, I just couldn't figure out where the train was (to Pontoise, I think, then you change trains to get to Auvers) and after a half hour or more I gave up and left as I was tired. And I read French fluently and speak it pretty well and know the French rail system and stations, well, and it was still trickly for me. But, you might have more luck. There's another way I might try, take the RER A line (to Cergy-Pontoise, I think) and then a bus to Auvers. Anyway, the entire town is walkable from the train station and they have a wonderful WEB site explaining everything and giving you three walking tour routes (longest sees everything and they say takes 1-1/2 hours). Van Gogh's grave is no problem, there's a chateau there (some art, I think), a church, the Musee of Absinthe (ha, ha), and maybe a house Van Gogh lived in also. ParisVision (a local tour company) used to have a bus tour of Auvers, combined with Giverny as they're not far apart, but I didn't see it in this year's brochure -- you can look though at www.parisvision.com or maybe check Cityrama (another local company). Anyway, all the info you need is at this URL: www.auvers-sur-oise.com (it has an English section)

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    Elaine, I did not look at the website Christina mentioned, so you may already have this information. I went to Auvers in October. As Christina said, there is a train from the Gare du Nord, but I took the one from the Gare St.-Lazare. One changes at Pontoise. The church and the cemetery are within walking distance of the station. It was quite cold that day and I suspect that both my friend and I were wondering if this was time well spent. However, both of us were very happy when we went again to the Orsay and saw the various paintings done at Auvers by Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Pissarro. In February, we saw the Dr. Gachet collection at the Grand Palais, and again we were happy to have had the experience of Auvers.
    I won't comment on Chantilly since Christina has done a good job with that, too.

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