Side Trips from Paris

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  • 1. Château de Chantilly

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    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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  • 2. Grandes Écuries

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    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

  • 3. Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie

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

  • 4. Musée des Impressionnismes

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    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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  • 5. Atelier Jean-François Millet

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

  • 6. Château de Monte-Cristo

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    If you're fond of the swashbuckling novels of Alexandre Dumas, you’ll enjoy the Château de Monte-Cristo at Port-Marly on the southern fringe...Read More

  • 7. Château de Pierrefonds

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    Built on a huge mound in the 15th century, the Château de Pierrefonds was dismantled in 1620, and then re-created to reflect its imagined former...Read More

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  • 8. Galerie du Vitrail

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    Since vitrail (stained glass) is the key to Chartres's fame, you may want to visit the Galerie du Vitrail, which specializes in the noble...Read More

  • 9. Maison de Van Gogh

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    Opposite the town hall, the Auberge Ravoux—where Van Gogh lived and died—is now the Maison de Van Gogh. The inn opened in 1876 and owes its...Read More

  • 10. Maison du Dr. Gachet

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    The former home of Van Gogh's closest friend in Auvers, Dr. Paul Gachet, is a local landmark. Documents and mementos evoke both Van Gogh's stay...Read More

  • 11. Maison-Atelier de Daubigny

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    The landscape artist Charles-François Daubigny, a precursor of the Impressionists, lived in Auvers from 1861 until his death in 1878. You can...Read More

  • 12. Musée Camille Pissarro

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    This small museum, high up in the Vieille Ville (Old Town), pays tribute to one of Pontoise's most illustrious past residents, Impressionist...Read More

  • 13. Musée Daubigny

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    You may want to visit the modest Musée Daubigny to admire the drawings, lithographs, and occasional oils by local 19th-century artists, some...Read More

  • 14. Musée de la Batellerie et des Voies Navigables

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    A fascinating journey down the rivers of France via 200 model boats and other objects and relics illustrating the history and evolution of river...Read More

  • 15. Musée de la Figurine Historique

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    A collection of 85,000 miniature soldiers—fashioned of lead, cardboard, and other materials—depicting military uniforms through the ages is...Read More

  • 16. Musée Départemental des Peintres de Barbizon

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    Corot and company would often repair to the Auberge Ganne after painting to brush up on their social life; the inn is now the Musée de Peintres...Read More

  • 17. Musée des Beaux-Arts

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    Just behind the famed cathedral, the town art museum is housed in a handsome 18th-century building that once served as the bishop's palace....Read More

  • 18. Musée Lambinet

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    Around the back of Notre-Dame, on Boulevard de la Reine (note the regimented lines of trees), are the elegant Hôtel de Neyret and the Musée...Read More

  • 19. Musée Louis Senlecq

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    On the main street behind the tall-towered town church, this museum features the ceramic figures produced in L'Isle-Adam a century ago. It also...Read More

  • 20. Musée Maurice Denis

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    This appealing museum in a historic priory is devoted to the work of artist Maurice Denis (1870–1943), his fellow Symbolists, and the Nabis...Read More

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