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Apr 27th, 2013, 02:41 PM
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Car trip from Bruge to Paris.

We have 2-3 days to drive between Bruge and Paris and are looking for suggestions of what to see and what town to stay at between them. Your assistance is appreciated
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Apr 27th, 2013, 03:06 PM
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Just north of Paris are Chantilly, Senlis, and Compiegne. I stayed one night in Senlis and enjoyed the town.

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Apr 27th, 2013, 10:30 PM
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Lille should not be missed.
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Apr 27th, 2013, 11:45 PM
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The chateau of Chantilly is beautiful, the World War 11 railway carriage of Compiegne interesting, and the Pierrefonds castle is worth a visit, although all are just north of Paris. Further north, Reims cathedral is remarkable and the World War 1 killing fields are evocative and thought provoking.

Kerouac - interested to know why Lille is a must see. For future reference. Thanks
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Apr 28th, 2013, 06:37 AM
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If you want to see some photos of Compiègne, Pierrefonds, Chantilly, Senlis, Laon and the surrounding countryside and small villages in this area you can look at some photo reports I made about visiting these areas by bike and car:

Chantilly and Senlis: http://tinyurl.com/dy9ulob

Compiègne and Pierrefonds: http://tinyurl.com/7edejbz

Laon: http://tinyurl.com/cqst5xz

I'll suggest you get Michelin maps to explore while you wander around and here is my standard blurb about Michelin maps:

You want the ones of the scale 1:200,000 (regional maps) or 1:150,000 (departmental maps, more detailed, cover slightly less area) for whatever regions you visit. A nice feature of the 1:150,000 maps is they show the starred attractions in the corresponding Michelin Green guidebooks. The Michelin maps have icons for all kinds of historically/touristically interesting things such as châteaux, ruins, churches, abbeys, scenic view points, caves, Roman sites, megaliths, designated scenic roads and many other things. Usually when I'm exploring various regions in France I just look at the map and I am able to plan interesting and scenic drives just reading the map. For instance, I usually look for a designated scenic road, which are highlighted in green, and I especially look for towns with the historic church and/or château icon. I also try to make sure the route goes through as many small villages as possible. Usually putting all these things together I find interesting and scenic drives without even knowing where I am going and with no assistance from a guide book. Often these places are never mentioned in guidebooks and remain completely unknown to many tourists.

You can buy the Michelin maps from their website and here is a link to the page that shows you the 1:200,000 scale maps of France: http://tinyurl.com/4bt96ev

And here is a link to the page that shows you the 1:150,000 scale maps of France:
http://tinyurl.com/6mt4n64

To learn where to stay just look at the tourist office website for any town that interests you as they will list the accommodation in their towns and tell you all about what to see and do in their environs.
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Apr 28th, 2013, 08:34 AM
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Stop for a coffee on the town square in Arras. Visit Amiens cathedral.

The first 8 pictures in this set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mksfca/...36592493/show/
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