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Giverny & Versailles- both doable in 1 day?

Giverny & Versailles- both doable in 1 day?

Jul 5th, 2007, 01:49 PM
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Savannah,
How about spending that first day in Giverny? It's a great option for a jet-lagged day.

You can take a relaxing ride on the train, looking around at Paris and the countryside on your way to Vernon.

Then you can visit Giverny at your own pace; it's enjoyable, and doesn't require a lot of concentration. The walking will be refreshing and help you get a good night's sleep that evening. If you're tired you could even catch a nap under a tree

If you try to cram both Giverny and Versailles into the same day, you will not enjoy either of them.

Or, try visiting them each on a morning, then return to Paris for other sight-seeing in the afternoon and early evening.
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Jul 5th, 2007, 01:51 PM
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I didn't say that well. I meant to visit Versailles one morning, Giverny another morning.
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Jul 5th, 2007, 02:04 PM
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I'm traveling from SF to Paris September 25th through the 3rd. Obviously both experiences would be more pleasant if the weather cooperated. This time of the year is supposed to be pretty decent.

Mow Mow- I really like your idea about taking the train trip the 1st afternoon that I arrive. Then I'll play the rest of the trip by ear.

Is Brussels worth going to for a day? My reasons for going are pretty vain. Just to get another country stamp in my passport!
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Jul 5th, 2007, 02:21 PM
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<<Just to get another country stamp in my passport!>>

Sorry, but your passport won't be stamped. It won't even be asked for.

If this is your only or principal reason to spend a day in Brussels, then use the time more profitably in Paris.

Regarding Giverny and Versailles, I think that it would be madness to try to visit both in one day. Sounds like you'd really prefer Giverny, so go there as a priority.

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Jul 5th, 2007, 02:48 PM
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<<Just to get another country stamp in my passport! I knew that wouldn't go over real well in the forum!
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Jul 5th, 2007, 06:27 PM
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There's nothing wrong with collecting passport stamps. It's just that once you enter the Schengen area (as you will on arrival in Paris), there are no further passport controls as you move from country to country within the area (which includes Belgium).
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Jul 5th, 2007, 07:01 PM
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You should only do one. In Giverny, the American Museum is a must when you visit the Monet house and gardens
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Jul 6th, 2007, 04:17 AM
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Be prepared - you might not even get your passport stamped when you arrive in Paris. This last trip, two officials awaited our planeload at CDG, they took a quick look at our passports, then waved us on. They didn't even have stamps, so far as I could tell.
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Jul 6th, 2007, 07:28 AM
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Hello Savannah,
All good advice but I don't think that anyone has mentioned (if they have I apologize) taking a half day trip to each on seperate days. cls2paris mentioned doing Giverny in the afternoon. Maybe that in the afternoon one day and one day at Versailles. I thnk that they are each a half day trip at most. That way you can do a little of Paris as well and maximize your time.
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Jul 6th, 2007, 09:43 AM
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I think you'll have plenty to do without taking the trip to Brussels. Why not save Brussels for another trip - you should then be able to do both Giverny and Versailles on separate days. You could also visit Chartres on your Versailles day.
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Jul 6th, 2007, 09:57 AM
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As for the passport stamp, not likely.
I am not even sure where you would find a passport control official with a stamp other than the airport, and even then you would need to be arriving internationally.

Driving within the nations whose leaders signed Schengen agreement is like going from one state to the other in the US. The 15 nations that signed the treaty are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

So driving from France to Germany or Germany to Austria is about as big a deal as driving from Ohio into Indiana.

We took a mountain road once and we were well into Austria before I realized it.
If there was even a sign marking the border, I missed seeing it.

Although Switzerland did not sign the treaty, the border officials don't bother with passport stamps. Even though I have entered the country 8 times, there are no Swiss stamps in my passport.

You will get one in Ireland and the UK, but in Switzerland, all the official did once was look at the cover; he did not even open it. Another time, when we arrived in Zürich from Amsterdam, the passport control procedure consisted of an elderly gentleman waving people in with both hands.
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Jul 7th, 2007, 09:20 PM
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You can request that the border/immigration workers stamp your passport. Just tell them you are collecting them

I have my first passport with loads of stamps from all over the world. It's so fun to look through.

If I was going to whiz through Belgium, I'd spend a day walking around Brugge. It's gorgeous.
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Jul 8th, 2007, 06:24 AM
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>If I was going to whiz through Belgium, I'd spend a day walking around Brugge. It's gorgeous.<

Ditto
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Jul 8th, 2007, 07:46 AM
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Is Versailles and Chartres feasible as a one-day, self-guided excursion from Paris?
We will be in Paris for a week, mid-
September, and this will be our one diversion from Paris proper.
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Jul 8th, 2007, 08:01 AM
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I would not take a day off from paris for either Brugge or Brussels.
I would do Giverny and Versailles on different days if you decide to do both. IMO Versailles is well worth a visit but not absolutely necessary. You could wait and decide once you are in the city. this is not something you have to reserve in advance.

hikerboy--I would not try to combine Versailles and Chartres in one day either. For me, Chartres would be first choice for a day trip from Paris but I have a strong interest in Gothic cathedrals and have traveled far out of my way to see others.
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Jul 8th, 2007, 09:12 AM
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I am in Paris right now on a 14 day vacation, and when I read your question my only thought was ... why would anyone want to do either of these things with only 7 days in Paris? There is so very much to see and do here that it's nearly overwhelming! If, however, you really want to take a day trip, pick one or the other, not both. Even though you can probably "squeeze them in" timewise, I bet you'll feel too rushed to enjoy either one to its fullest. We went to Versailles, and it was plenty for one day. We took a morning train, had coffee in a cafe there, toured and headed back for a nice dinner. It was a beautiful day but tacking on Giverny would have been way too much.
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