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Brenda_P Sep 19th, 2009 05:41 AM

Help needed for trip to Paris in early October
My husband and I are traveling to Paris for the second time. What can we expect for weather, and I would love recommendations on day trips and places to eat.

Christina Sep 19th, 2009 05:52 AM

You can check average weather stats for Paris by month or even day on websites like, etc. Or see So that will tell you what to expect. If you live in the US, you might expect it to be like NY city or Wash DC, or that general area.

Sometimes I think maybe covering so many topics in one post doesn't work real well when they are very different and such broad topics. But there are lots of threads on here about day trips from Paris and restaurants, but without any criteria at all in what you are looking for, it would be difficult for folks to make the best recommendations for you. Day trips are easy, and the best ones will be listed in any decent guidebook, so maybe you can get some ideas and ask something more detailed that way after reviewing them. Usuals are Versailles, Fontainebleau, Chartres, Chantilly, Giverny, Rouen and even Reims isn't too far. There are many others, but I think those are maybe the most popular for first-timers. I like Auvers-sur-Oise where Van Gogh lived/died a lot, also.

jkbritt Sep 19th, 2009 07:09 AM

If you have not already gotten your room. Look at We enjoyed La Oriental. Great Cous-Cous and stuffed chicken pastry on Avenue Trudaine.

avalon Sep 19th, 2009 07:19 AM

Provins , a medieval town is a nice day trip. Don't know your dates but there is a big contemp.. art show in Chatou, on the Isle de Impressionists. You could combine that with a visit to the museum and lunch at a guinguette..

Sarastro Sep 21st, 2009 06:46 AM

I do not make weather guesses but here is my list of day trips from Paris (sorry for the duplicated suggestions).


For instruction on how to reach Auvers-sur-Oise by train



For instruction on how to reach Chantilly by train



For information about visits with the renown guide Malcolm Miller:


Château de Pierrefonds


Château de Vincennes

Located at the end of Métro line 1



Take SNCF train from Gare de Lyon to Fontainebleau-Avon in the direction of Montargis Sens and disembark at Gare de Fontainebleau Avon
Fare 9.40€
En route time 1+02

From Gare de Fontainebleau-Avon, take Aérial bus line A to Château
Fare: 1.40€
Buses every 15 mintues.

Entrance fee: 8€
Students: 6€
Free entry the first Sunday of each month
Entrance plus one hour guided tour (in French only): 11€



Open daily except Mondays from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm from April 1st to October 31st



Low Season
Open from January 2nd to March 21st and from November 3rd to December 31th 2008:
Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends & public holidays from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
High Season
From March 22nd to November 2nd :
Daily from 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m..
General closure December 25th and January 1st


Open from March 15th to November 9th from 10.00 am to 06.00 pm, last admission at 5.30 pm
RER D to Melun
Shuttle (3.50€) or taxi (15€ to 19€) from Melun station
Entrance: from 14€


RER C: direction Versailles-Rive-Gauche-château
Gare Montparnasse: SNCF train serving Versailles-Chantiers
Gare Saint-Lazare: SNCF train direction Versailles-rive-droite

Michel_Paris Sep 21st, 2009 07:43 AM

Some good answers above, and you will find a few thread with a search on this exact topic.

Are you looking for self-guided or guided (e.g. Cityrama, Parisvision,etc..)?

Brenda_P Sep 21st, 2009 08:03 AM

we are staying the first 4 nights at the Hotel Odeon and the last 5 at the Hotel Brighton - any tips for local hidden gems would be great. We prefer self-guided tours,

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