Side Trips from Paris

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  • 1. Cathédrale Notre-Dame

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Worship on the site of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame, better known as Chartres Cathedral, goes back to before the Gallo-Roman period—the crypt contains...Read More

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  • 2. Château de Chantilly

    Museum/Gallery

    Although its lavish exterior may be 19th-century Renaissance pastiche, the Château de Chantilly, sitting snugly behind an artificial lake, houses...Read More

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  • 3. Château de Compiègne

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The 18th-century Château de Compiègne, where the future Louis XVI first met Marie-Antoinette in 1770, was restored by Napoléon I and favored...Read More

  • 4. Château de Courances

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Framed by majestic avenues of centuries-old plane trees, Château de Courances's style is Louis Treize, although its finishing touch—a horseshoe...Read More

  • 5. Château de Fontainebleau

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The glorious Château de Fontainebleau was a pinnacle of elegance and grandeur more than 100 years before the rise of Versailles. The château...Read More

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  • 6. Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The high-roof Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, partially surrounded by a moat, is set well back from the road behind iron railings topped with sculpted...Read More

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  • 7. Château de Versailles

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    A two-century spree of indulgence by the consecutive reigns of three French kings produced two of the world's most historic landmarks: gloriously...Read More

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  • 8. Disneyland Paris

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    A slightly downsized version of its United States counterpart, Disneyland Paris is nevertheless a spectacular sight, created with an acute attention...Read More

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  • 9. Grandes Écuries

    Museum/Gallery

    The grandest stables in France were built by Jean Aubert in 1719 to accommodate 240 horses and 500 hounds used for stag- and boar-hunting in...Read More

  • 10. La Malmaison

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Built in 1622, La Malmaison was bought by the future empress Joséphine in 1799 as a love nest for Napoléon and herself, three years after their...Read More

  • 11. Maison et Jardin Claude Monet

    Garden/Arboretum

    After several years north of Paris, Monet moved downriver to Giverny in 1883. With its pretty pink walls and green shutters, the house has a...Read More

  • 12. Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie

    Museum/Gallery

    The excellent Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie displays finds ranging from Gallo-Roman votive objects unearthed in the neighboring Halatte Forest...Read More

  • 13. Musée des Impressionnismes

    Museum/Gallery

    After touring the painterly grounds of Monet's house, you may wish to see some real paintings at the Musée des Impressionnismes. Originally...Read More

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  • 14. Potager du Roi

    Garden/Arboretum

    The King's Potager—a 6-acre, split-level fruit-and-vegetable garden—was created in 1683 by Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinye. Many rare heirloom...Read More

  • 15. Aqueduct

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Looming at the back of the château garden and extending through the village almost from the train station to highway D6 are the unlikely ivy...Read More

  • 16. Atelier Jean-François Millet

    Museum/Gallery

    Though there are no actual Millet works, the Atelier Jean-François Millet is cluttered with photographs and mementos evoking his career. It...Read More

  • 17. Avenue de Paris

    Neighborhood/Street

    Not far from the palace, a breadth of 120 yards makes Avenue de Paris wider than the Champs-Élysées, and its buildings are just as grand and...Read More

  • 18. Bergerie Nationale

    Farm/Ranch

    Located within Parc du Château, the Bergerie Nationale (National Sheepfold) is the site of a more serious agricultural venture: the famous...Read More

  • 19. Berges de Seine

    Promenade/Boardwalk

    Lined with lively cafés, bars, and houseboats that are actually lived in, this leafy promenade on the banks of the Seine is the city's best...Read More

  • 20. Cathédrale Notre-Dame

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The breathtaking Cathédrale Notre-Dame, one of the country's oldest and narrowest cathedrals, dates to the second half of the 12th century....Read More

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