• Auvers Painter
    Day Trip,  Let's Explore

    Finding Information for Auvers-sur-Oise

    Once again, a welcomed reader's comments jiggled my chain for an update. This time about transportation to Auvers-sur-Oise. The Auvers-sur-Oise Tourist Office's website has a page to keep us all current on how to reach the village by train, bus or car. Reach Auvers-sur-Oise from Paris using various methods: a private excursion tour, driving, train (30 minute ride), or the RER plus a bus. A special direct train runs the first Saturday of April to the first Sunday in November. Read more details about transportation....

  • Auvers sur Oise City Hall with matching VanGogh painting
    Day Trip,  Let's Explore

    Travel Between Paris And Auvers-sur-Oise

    [youtube]http://youtu.be/TUfvYwpoqrM[/youtube] Day Trip to Auvers-sur-Oise Travel between Paris and Auvers-sur-Oise The train leaves from platform 34 (Gare du Nord/Paris Nord) at 9:56 a.m. and departs Auvers at 6:18 p.m. This special direct train (weekends – Saturday/Sunday and holidays) takes between 32 and 35 minutes. The regular trains require a change and take about one to one and a half hours. The direct train operates between the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October – call the tourist office (+33 1 34 48 08 54) or visit Transilien/SNCF for timetable Gare du Nord to Auvers-sur-Oise and the Transport page for directions. Special, direct train leaves from Gare du Nord (Paris Nord)…

  • Auberge Ravoux/Maison de Van Gogh
    Day Trip,  Let's Explore

    Day Trip To Auvers-sur-Oise, An Eternal Village

    Auvers-sur-Oise will  be forever known because of the painter, Vincent Van Gogh. It is the final resting place of Van Gogh and was also a favorite village for other painters of the 1800s. In the last 70 days of his life Van Gogh painted 70 paintings in and around Auvers-sur-Oise. He lived here to be near his brother Theo, who lived in Paris. By direct train, the voyage from Paris takes less than 35 minutes. Auvers-sur-Oise (Auvers on the river Oise) lies within a provincial area once known as Vexin français. Because of its inclusion within the Parc naturel régional du Vexin français since 1995, Auvers-sur-Oise is eternal. According to…

  • BHV/Marais in a map of the Marais designated a tourist shopping zone. With the Loi Macron, it is the only department store with permission to remain open on all Sundays throughout the year
    Life in Paris & France,  Politics

    BHV and Other July Changes in Paris

    Every July 1, new legislation and modification to daily routines take effect. This year, the changes include plastic bags, polluting vehicles, contraception, Sunday shopping hours …. These are some of the main changes for 2016 gleaned from Direct Matin . Beginning July 3, BHV/Marais (part of the Galeries Lafayette group) is the first Paris department to open on Sundays as a result of the Loi Macron (Minister of the Economy, Emmanuel Macron) ...

  • Christie Semmens, Seine River, Saint Augustin, Van Gogh and beer taps
    Let's Explore

    Christie Semmens’ Three Paris Suggestions

    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 ....

  • Apartment Kitchen rue Sedaine Paris
    Accommodations

    Bring The Girls To Paris And Find An Apartment

    A reader wrote about bringing her girls to Paris. She asked advice on two neighborhoods. Haussmann and Sentier Neighborhoods Neighborhoods change atmosphere from one street to the next in Paris. Unless you are given a specific address, it is difficult to tie down where you are exactly. Paris streets are lit and safe and each street has atmosphere. With central locations such as Metro Sentier and Gare Saint Lazare you are not far from anything. Both areas are close to grocery stores. Around Metro Sentier, for example, if you stay on the north side of rue Réamur, it is quiet because the shops are clothing wholesalers (like my neighborhood in…

  • Venice Train Buying Tickets Gare de Lyon from the Bercy station
    Transportation

    Buying Train Tickets

    What’s on this page: Retrieve you TGV/SNCF ticket Day trip transportation information Advice for Paris to Venice and Rome Retrieve your TGV/SNCF ticket My friend had her electronic ticket information for TGV trip between Paris and Grenoble. We went to the yellow ticket dispenser and followed the instructions in English. The touch screen is very sensitive to the touch. Refer to the information located on the RailEurope Web page. For additional questions speak to someone at “Accueil” the information desk in the train station. Day trip transportation information Transilien ticket machine  – What it  looks like and additional information from Transilien. Are you going to Auvers-sur-Oise and want to buy  a ticket…

  • Children on Amusement Rides with Sponge Bob
    Let's Explore,  Seeing Paris

    More Things to do with Children in Paris

    Highlights of Things To Do This page contains things to do in both English and French. Children who speak French? For those of you who have children who speak French up-to-date activities for children (in French) using the Paris Mayor’s website for Paris d’Enfants.  The association, Paris d’enfants, has suggestions for families and school groups over fifty tours and activities such as rallies, scavenger hunts, museum, monument and neighborhood visits. The association, Paris d’enfants, has suggestions for families and school groups over fifty tours and activities such as rallies, scavenger hunts, museum, monument and neighborhood visits. Example of a Quiz (in French): Get out your magnifying glass and test your knowledge…