We all love the City of Lights, but who doesn’t also love to take a day excursion to see the nearby towns and countryside?
Auvers-Sur-Oise. Less than an hour from Paris is the village of Auvers-Sur-Oise, notable as the location where Van Gogh spent the last two months of his life. Take a leisurely stroll through the luscious green village and visit landmarks such as the famous church Van Gogh painted, the cemetery where he is buried, the auberge where he spent his last days, and the house of Dr. Gachet, one of the painter’s last subjects.
Fontainebleau. This lovely historical town is renowned for the scenic Forest of Fontainebleau and the historical Chateau de Fontainebleu. It is a weekend getaway for many Parisians as well as a major tourist attraction (though less popular than Versailles). The town is very navigable on foot, as there is only one main artery, the Rue Grande, which connects the castle to the opposite edge of town and maintains a collection of lovely shops. With origins dating back to the 12th century, the chateau was the preferred residence of French kings and emperors for 7 centuries, who embellished the building and the gardens to their present grandeur. If you can, visit during the weekend, where its streets come alive with the Sunday morning food market. Make Fontainebleau one of your stops in the region, before exploring nearby Barbizon, Milly-la-Foret and Samois-sur-Seine. The castle is open every day except Tuesday, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th, from 9h30 to 17h in winter and from 9h30 to 18h in summer. As of April 2011, the entrance fee for adults is 10 euros; children below 18 enter free.
Giverny. A small village 80km mwest of Paris, Giverny is best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist Claude Monet. The paintings of haystacks, cathedrals and waterlilies come from here. As Giverny tends to get a bit crowded, it’s always best to arrive early to avoid the throngs. Explore Monet’s House and garden and the Museum of Impressionism, best visited with a guide. You can also try one of the nature trails that wind above Giverny, with panoramic views of the village, Seine valley and neighboring town of Vernon. Just make sure you where sturdy shoes or hiking boots!
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