Paris always has surprises for visitors regardless of how many times you have been there. The City of Light is a perennial throughout the year. You can experience the magnificence and freshness of the French countryside by boarding a train which will take you less than hour. Venturing into the villages beyond Paris you will encounter lush gardens and forests, delighting châteaux and restaurants that serve local cuisines. The beauty of France goes beyond the well known grand monuments like the Eiffel tower, the cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Louvre Museum which is a mammoth work of art to behold. The following are three day trips you can do from Paris. This post shows how you can stay in one of the lovely and central Accor Hotels in Paris, without missing out on countryside and quaint surrounding towns.
This is a very popular site with visitors. Every visitor should not miss a visit to the Château de Versailles. A private tour to the State Apartments can be arranged. A walk through the Hal of Mirrors as well as other rooms will provide you with an intimate interlude of the nature of the courts that are narrow and passageways and staircases. You will go through the chambers and antechambers of French history. They were the enclaves of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. After your tour you can enjoy delicacies at the La Petite Venise which is has a magnificent brasserie and a tea room and an outdoor seating between the Grand Canal and the Apollo Fountain. It’s open from Monday through Saturday for both lunch and dinner. If you are there on Friday or Saturday you take the brunch at the Gordon Ramsay. It’s a treat of exotic French wine. Getting there is easy with a 30-40 minute train ride from Paris. For Six Euros take the RER C which will land you at Château de Versailles.
For those who like hiking, the dense Fontainebleau forest will delight their senses. French Royalty used to hold elaborate hunts there. There is also the 16th century Château de Fontainebleau the primary residence of Napoleon which a ball room that is 100ft long. Nearby you will find the Vaux le Vicomte a 17th century relic that was built by Nicolas Fouquet a design of Louis Le Vau and decorations by Charles Le Brun the prolific. On the other hand the Barbizon village which Jean-Francois made his personal hamlet. You will also come across the Theodore Rousseau as well as the Barbizon School with a multitude of painters in addition to the school Museum. Menus here are rich in game due to the hunting tradition in the area.
To get there take a 40 minute train ride from the Gare de Lyon which will land you at the Fontainebleau- Avon station. After which you take a taxi to town centre. There is a shuttle bus that offers a round trip to the Chateau. From there you can take train rides or shuttles to other destinations. For instance to get to Barbizon you will take a 20 minute shuttle after a train from Melun.
This is a small but royal town but creates a perfect destination for an afternoon breeze of the country air along hilly streets of cobblestone which are lined with boutiques with displays of crafts, antiques and local fabrics. Louis XVI used to invite guests in his castle at Marly’s forest for getaways. The statues of Marly Horse have survived to this day and can be found as the Louvre which is an English style park with expansive lawns to behold. For your appetite the Le Village Restaurant is known for French haute delicacies which are prepared by Tomohiro Uido, a famous Japanese chef. In addition English tea is served daily. This will take a 25 minute train ride from Paris. Take the train at the Gare St-Lazare station. A round trip costs 8 Euros.