• Fernand PINAL (1881-1958) Le Pont du Marché à Meaux, 1913, Musée Bossuet, Meaux
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    Meaux, A brie(f) half hour from Paris

    You know the typical vacation questions “Got the tee-shirt” or “Got the postcard”!? Well I can say, “Got the Brie (de Meaux)”! Brie de Meaux cheese that is. Meaux is a a 25-minute train ride from Paris.Meaux, A brie(f) half hour from Paris. One hot August mid-afternoon I took a direct “P” train from Gare de l’Est to Meaux. Many of the Meldois (local residents) within the Gallo-Roman walls had left on vacation. I followed Annabel Simms‘s exact directions ....

  • Giverny town map from Tourist office
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    Day Trip to Giverny via Vernon

    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…

  • Poster (affiche) for exhibition l'Histoire en Costumes de la Belle Époque aux années folles 1890-1930 at Château Champs-sur-Marne
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    Expo: l’Histoire en Costumes 1890-1930

    For 2017, the Château Champs-sur-Marne's clothing exhibition is from the Belle Epoque through the Roaring Twenties (1890-1930) the exhibit closes September 12, 2017. For children, this Monuments Nationaux château has clothing to try on and a work sheet (in French) to answer questions and understand the exhibit. For adults, the 35-page booklet is filled with explanations (in French), color photos of clothing for women, men and children and accessories. The retrospective style years are 1900, 1909, 1912, 1921, 1925, 1930 and 1935.

  • Rear exterior of Château Champs-sur-Marne
    Day Trip,  Ile-de-France,  Seeing Paris

    Day trip to Château Champs-sur-Marne

    Why not forego the hassle of shooting your next film at Versailles or the Élysee Palace. Instead, head out to the Château Champs-sur-Marne, less than an hour from the Bastille. The château and grounds have been popular movie locations. The journey from Gare de Lyon makes for a relaxing day trip to the countryside. If you are not shooting a film, the day trip is worth it anyway. What you will see The château is filled with furniture and extensive decorative interiors, including bathrooms, a smoking room, salons, bedchambers, service corridor, children’s dining room (formerly a bathroom), the smoking room and a billiard room (in case you are looking for decorating ideas). You can…

  • Auvers Painter
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    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
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    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)…

  • Chantilly Chateau
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    Day Trip To Domaine de Chantilly

    One of my readers sent in some advice about her visit to Chantilly recently. She recommends two things: Plan ahead! Especially if you want to see the horse shows. Arrive early to enjoy the full day at both the château and the horse museum. Here is what Kyla says: “I walked from the station (and back).  Made the same mistake you described (thinking the horse museum was the chateau)!  My biggest suggestion is one you already talk about: to plan ahead.  I didn’t know about the horse shows (a dressage show was included with admission on the day I visited), arrived too late for the first one (which was at…

  • Auberge Ravoux/Maison de Van Gogh
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    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…