Orleans - Off-Beat Day Trip from Paris

Old Nov 11th, 2009, 06:03 PM
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Hey, Pal, get to some good stuff. You are turning off on Orleans.

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Old Nov 11th, 2009, 08:07 PM
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Palenque - Loved the UTube video ! .....and all the other videos on the Aerotrain. Great music background so turned the volume to maximum!
Please do continue a.s.a.p.
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Old Nov 12th, 2009, 11:49 AM
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PLANNING YOUR DAY IN ORLEANS
By train you finally arrive at the brand new Orleans train station - nearly all glass - again no lockers here.

The Gare d'Orleans is in a mdoern commercial complex - and unless you want to trek thru a modern shopping mall it is best to exit on the ground level to your right (when exiting the train platform) and then hook around the shopping mall (called the Place d'Arc) and head for the Rue de la Republique, in many ways Orleans main commercial drag - with all the usual shops - charcuteries with their tasty wares in the window - boulangerie/patisseries chocolateries, FNAC (book and music store in every French town) and fast-food croissant and coffeeshops. This is a pedestrain street with trams trundling down the middle of it.

In a few blocks you reach the Place du Martroi, Orleans main square and a large square surrounded by stately facades - on the square is the Joan of Arc House/Museum. The square is dominated by a huge equestrian statue of a warrior Jeanne d'Arc on her steed - Joan of course being a local hero and patron saint (of France too) for delivering the city from the evil English.

Look left when reaching the square and be awed by, looming at the end of the Rue Jeanne d'Arc, the humungous facade of the St. Croix Cathedral and its wedding-cake Gothic facade,bookened by soaring towers. (Not sure wedding cake is an official architecture term but that's always what i called it.)

The Office de Tourisme or Tourist Office is cater-corner from the cathedral - pick up a city map in English here. The Beaux Arts Museum is just a block or so north of the cathedral.

After doing the cathedral traipse back to the Place du Martroi and head south on the lovingly arcaded Rue Royale - the arcades replicate those destroyed in WWII bombings) to reach the Loire.

TBC A Walk Along the Loire Riverfront.
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Old Nov 12th, 2009, 11:50 AM
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http://www.planetware.com/map/orleans-map-f-orleans.htm

A detailed map of Orleans centre showing the streets, squares and places mentioned above. The distance from the train station to the Place du Martroi is perhaps a tad less than a half-mile - less than a mile to the cathedral.
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Old Nov 13th, 2009, 09:11 AM
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http://www.jeannedarc.com.fr/maison/maison.htm

A virtual tour of the Maison Jeanne d'Arc - Joan of Arc's re-created house she stayed at centuries ago after winning the Siege of Orleans against the English.
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Old Nov 17th, 2009, 07:37 AM
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A WALK ALONG THE LOIRE IN ORLEANS

Ask Orleannais locals what they are most proud about and after the cathedral they will point to the Loire - the wild romantic Loire - many would even put that first i suspect.

The Loire is one of Europe's longest rivers, starting way down in the Massif Central and it is unique in France because it is not damned up by barrages like most every other major French river i can think of - there are no ships or barges on the Loire at this point and the river often in summer is reduced to rivulets of water coarsing chaotically thru a really broad sandy river bed. But come back in winter or spring and you may see a mightly river churning along.

And indeed part of the summer drought of water

And this to the French seems to make the Loire a romantic, 'wild' ('sauvage') river.
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Old Jan 6th, 2010, 04:52 PM
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This looks like a reapossibility for our day trip during our next Paris vacation! thanks for all the details. Where should we have pastry and lunch?
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Old Jan 25th, 2010, 11:39 AM
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plafield - i have to admit i am no culinary expert at all but i will try to query my in-laws in Orleans and see what they recommend!
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