Countryside day trip outside Paris

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Jun 14th, 2018, 09:43 AM
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Countryside day trip outside Paris

Hello Everyone,
I'd like to get any tips/suggestions on where to go for a day to visit a beautiful small town outside of Paris??
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Jun 14th, 2018, 10:20 AM
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I have a friend visiting from Mexico at the moment. Today we took the train the Chantilly to see the horse museum, the chateau and the incredible gardens/domain.

Saturday we will take the train to Auvers-sur-Oise to see the place that inspired Vincent Van Gogh and where he is buried.

Both trains leave from Gare du Nord.
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Jun 14th, 2018, 10:23 AM
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Thank you Kerouac for your suggestions.
I will look it up online.
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Jun 14th, 2018, 10:24 AM
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Beautiful small town - how small - kerouac's suggestions are nice - I especially like Auvers-sur-Oise as it is a village rather than suburb like Chantily. Compeignie would be another small town with famous castle. Chartres could be a small town to some -if comparing say to Paris anyway and famous Gothic cathedral - Reims bigger town with Champagne tours and superb cathedral - all easy day trips by train.
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Jun 14th, 2018, 10:26 AM
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What time of year?

Will you already have visited Monet's house and garden at Giverny? Versailles?

Consider Evreux, Chartres, Reims...
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Jun 14th, 2018, 10:47 AM
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Senlis, Moret-sur-Loing, Pierrefonds, Auvers-sur-Oise, Compiègne (Pal's spelling is off), Poitiers, Vaux-le-Vicompte, Fontainebleau....there are dozens.
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Jun 14th, 2018, 10:52 AM
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Vaux le Vicomte> tells about the castle there and town - (StCirq's spelling is off) but that place is not so easy to reach by public transportation - get ones with direct rail service. Vaux-le-Vicomte is out in the cuntryside but a wonderful place.

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Jun 14th, 2018, 10:54 AM
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Vaux-le-Vicomte (St, Cirq's spelling is off).


edit: Pal beat me to it!

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Jun 14th, 2018, 11:24 AM
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Sorry, I always do that. Always concerned about my French bak account, I guess
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Jun 14th, 2018, 11:41 AM
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Compiegne is a very nice small town, I think Auvers-sur-Oise feels more like a village than it does, of course, because it is (Compiegne is about 40K population, not exactly rural). I'd choose on my interests, of course.
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Jun 14th, 2018, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Jean View Post
What time of year?

Will you already have visited Monet's house and garden at Giverny? Versailles?

Consider Evreux, Chartres, Reims...
I have already visited Versailles in 2016.
Next year I want to visit Monet's house.
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Jun 14th, 2018, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by StCirq View Post
Senlis, Moret-sur-Loing, Pierrefonds, Auvers-sur-Oise, Compiègne (Pal's spelling is off), Poitiers, Vaux-le-Vicompte, Fontainebleau....there are dozens.
Thank you StCirQ
I am looking at pictures and articles right now about Auvers-sur-Oise and Fountainbleu. I'm interested in these two.
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Jun 14th, 2018, 12:10 PM
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Thank you all!
I just research Fountainbleu chateu. IT'S SOOO BEAUTIFUL!!
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Jun 14th, 2018, 12:18 PM
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Fontainebleu-Avon is the train station from Gare de Lyon probably - no need to pre-book as is a commuter rail line. Station about a mile from famous chateau and about 35 miles from Paris.
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Jun 14th, 2018, 12:27 PM
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Thank you PalenQ you are very helpful.
By the way I spelled Fontainebleu wrong. My apologies
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Jun 14th, 2018, 02:39 PM
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If you start early to Blue Fontain (?) as there is not all that much to see and do in the small twin towns consider taking a cab out into the Forest of Fountainebleu to Barbizon, one of the famous places where artists hung out some time ago:

https://www.google.com/search?q=barb...w=1920&bih=947

https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Palace-of...bleau/Barbizon

may be too much though but very possible.
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If you start early to Blue Fontain (?) as there is not all that much to see and do in the small twin towns consider taking a cab out into the Forest of Fountainebleu to Barbizon, one of the famous places where artists hung out some time ago:

https://www.google.com/search?q=barb...w=1920&bih=947

https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Palace-of...bleau/Barbizon

may be too much though but very possible.
I click on your link and it looks sooo beautiful! Omg! These are the places I want to see. Like magical, fairy tale.
Thank you PalenQ!! HUGS!! I'm so excited planning this trip! I'm learning a lot from this forum
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Jun 14th, 2018, 03:13 PM
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Here was a fun day we had going to both Chateau Vaux le Vicomte and Chateau de Fontainebleau by bus (with lots of photos).

https://travelswithmaitaitom.com/cha...x-marveilleux/


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Great deal - $80 for all that - that included entry fees? Nice photos.
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Jun 14th, 2018, 03:28 PM
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PQ...included entry fees and audio guides. Thanks!

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