Transportation

Day Trip to Giverny via Vernon

Giverny town map from Tourist office

A day trip to Giverny is easy. The SNCF train from Gare Saint-Lazare takes you to Vernon/Giverny in 45 minutes. Rent a bike across from the train station and take your time pedaling to Giverny. The biggest piece of advice: buy your tickets in advance to Monet’s house. Follow the online ticket links at Foundation Claude Monet. Twenty minutes before departure in the direction of Rouen Rive Droite, the departing platform (voie) is posted. While you wait, enjoy the updated three-level shopping mall at Gare Saint-Lazare. If you want to “powder your nose” the “2theloo” spot is open from 6 am to midnight and is constantly being wiped down and freshened up. Hint on train ticket pricing

Paris RER A Renovating after Forty Years

August 21, no service between La Défense and Nation alternatives available

After forty years, RER A is renovating between July 23 and August 21. Alternative transportation options are available. Two videos and a website explain the details. The RER A serves forty-six stations (35 RATP metro and 11 SNCF) and carries 308 million travelers a year with two minutes between trains. Read more about the RER A project and other statistics. Guides for How to Get Around this Summer on RER A and C can be downloaded as well as the special instructions booklet, practical guide to prepare ahead, guide for the disabled and how to get around Paris and the outlying areas this summer…..

Christie Semmens’ Three Paris Suggestions

Christie Semmens, Seine River, Saint Augustin, Van Gogh and beer taps

Often I give advice to travelers and ask them to return the favor with their experiences. Responses to that request would cover the rounded top of a straight pin. But one day I received a response from Christie Semmens of Scribbles and Smiles. Having seen my story and photos about the Paris Photo walk at Pont Alexandre III, Christie wrote: “I’ve been searching for a photo group or photographer who offers a session with helpful instruction; to take photos and ….

Planning for July 14 (14 Juillet) in Paris

July 14 Bastille Day Fireworks Paris; photo by Rob Johnstone from a special street; write to me to find out where

When planning your fireworks visit, you can be in the Fan Zone of the Champ-de-Mars or the esplanade of Trocadéro to enjoy front row seats. The bridges offer a side view as we had on Pont d’Alma. On their webpage, the magazine, Vivre Paris, has a map showing alternatives for bridges, parks and rooftops…. Imagine the logistics of moving this many people, which means that numerous metro stations were closed. And entering any nearby and open metro station was impossible due to press of flesh! Our quandary: How to get home to the Bastille from Pont d’Alma …..