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Aug 18th, 2007, 10:28 AM
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Paris day trips? Giverny, Nancy, Luxembourg, Loire Valley

Will be in Paris for 8-9 days and want to get out of the city for a few day trips, but it seems like the options are limited so i'm lost. We like beautiful old towns, cafes so any suggestions would be welcome...Chombard & Chanenceu is probably locked in as a definite destination. What about Versailles, Giverny, Reims, Nancy or Luxembourg?
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Aug 18th, 2007, 10:53 AM
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If Chombard & Chenonceau are "probably locked in as a definite destination" how many more trips do you want/need? What time of year is this for?
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Aug 18th, 2007, 11:15 AM
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Dijon - my second favorite city in France. Many TGV departures from the Gare du Nord. It take less than 2 hrs to get there.

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Aug 18th, 2007, 11:20 AM
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I would visit Versaille, and then see if you really want to also see some castles on the Loire.

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Aug 18th, 2007, 11:23 AM
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What about Provins?

http://www.provins.net/anglais/default.htm

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Aug 18th, 2007, 11:27 AM
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Correction - trains to Dijon depart from the Gare d'Est.

Beaune is less than another hr from Dijon if you want to visit a smaller town.

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Aug 18th, 2007, 12:11 PM
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You do a one day bus tour to Mt.Saint Michele,and separately
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Aug 18th, 2007, 12:13 PM
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You can do a one day bus tour to Mt.Saint Michele,and separately, Giverney would be great.
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Aug 18th, 2007, 12:16 PM
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I did Brussels as a day trip. I visited Nancy but not a day trip but the NY Times, last week, had an article about doing a day trip there by train.
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Aug 18th, 2007, 12:25 PM
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>Correction - trains to Dijon depart from the Gare d'Est< non non Stu, from Gare de Lyon ;-) (1h40 to get to Dijon)
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Aug 18th, 2007, 12:57 PM
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Thanks Coco - I've taken that train several times - you'de think I would know by now !!!

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Aug 18th, 2007, 01:00 PM
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Also when will you be going?Giverny in the spring and summer but I'd skip it in Jan!
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Aug 18th, 2007, 01:06 PM
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Stu, you're more used to take the 6h30 TGV to CDG that's why!
Thanks for mentioning Dijon!

SSh,Chombard is Chambord or you'll never find it on a map ;-)
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Aug 18th, 2007, 02:00 PM
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Versailles, Fountainbleu, Chantilly, Chartres, Vaux le Vicomte, Reims, Rouen and Giverny...
There are so manu places around Paris !i would not make a trip that is more than maximum 2 hours one way.
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Aug 18th, 2007, 02:01 PM
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We just returned ( I am working on the trip report) one day we did Dijon and rented a car and went to the vineyards that were very close by. It was my favorite day of the trip. Dijon is charming and an easy day trip.
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Aug 18th, 2007, 02:11 PM
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chartres or Versailles
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Aug 21st, 2007, 06:45 AM
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I will be traveling end of April. Does that change anything? I want to do Chambord and Chanenceu in a day...is that not plausible? and than spend another day or 2 on another day trip.
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Aug 21st, 2007, 07:12 AM
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Have you been to Paris before?
If not, I'd not agree with a general impression that you can see the see city in 3-4 days, so why not fill in rest of time with day trips.

I've been 9-10 times and am still working on things to see and do there.
In your calculations, assume 1st day will be partially lost in transfering from CDG to hotel and then there is jet lag. Similarly, last day is partially (wholly) lost getting to CDG.

Paris is huge and there is much to enjoy.

Beyond the guidebook lists there is sitting in a park or at a cafe...time should be allowed for that, for those are times that let you absorb and aprreciate the city.

My recommendation...see Versailles (most of one day)..and then decide if you want to do another one.

What does your itinerary for paris look like?
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Aug 24th, 2007, 01:18 PM
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for the 5 days in Paris,
Day 1: Eiffel, Arc di Triumpf, Champs Elysse
Day 2: Montmartr
Day 3: Notre Dam, Louvre, Concord
Day 4: d'Orsey, Invalides, Latin Qtr
Day 5: stroll & enjoy
Day 6, 7, 8 free
Day 9: go home
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