• Arts & Metiers metro station for transportation post
    Ile-de-France,  Seeing Paris,  Transportation

    Transportation Tips In and Around Paris

    The RATP (Paris transportation system) has highly upgraded their website. They provide clear information when you find it. Some pages are in English, French and Spanish. Others include German, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Brazilian. How would a party of five find their way into Paris from the airport?

  • Giverny town map from Tourist office
    Day Trip,  Giverny,  Let's Explore

    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…

  • 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…

  • Along the promenade of Lake Enghien
    Ile-de-France,  Travel Destinations

    Paris Day Trip to Enghien-les-Bains

    The spa town, Enghien-les-Bains, began as the Prince of Condé's hamlet in 1689. While on a walk near the "pond" in 1766, Abby Louis Cotte happens upon the sulfurous waters. Once the waters are taken to heal an ulcer in the leg of Louis XVIII in 1823, the hamlet becomes a popular destination. The National Assembly declares ts official birth date of 1850. From Gare du Nord, the trip takes less than 15 minutes (seven miles from Paris) to Enghien-les-Bains....

  • View from garden of lily pond Giverny bike ride between Vernon and Giverny month of September
    Giverny,  Travel Destinations

    Giverny, Claude Monet, Impressionists

    Claude Monet Foundation at Giverny (Vernon) Read the article on biking to Giverny from the Vernon train station Access information is available from Fondation Claude Monet on their “practical information” page (in English), including bike and shuttle information. THE CLAUDE MONET FOUNDATION AT GIVERNY The Foundation’s website provides the history and background for the Clos Normand, the Water Garden, the Japanese Prints, Claude Monet, himself, a colorful layout of the property  with all of the highlights and parking and access, and all of the practical information: address, entrance fees, access with the train or by car, opening times, restaurants and other helpful links. The following information comes from the Claude Monet Foundation Web…

  • Giverny,  Travel Destinations

    To Giverny From Vernon On A Bike

    Biking to Giverny from Vernon The costs given are estimates and usually are higher than shown. Take the train and then bike to Giverny and the Le musée des impressionnismes (formerly American Museum of Art) Going in September, an added advantage:  In September, the blackberries are ripening and the hazelnuts are falling from the tree. We chose the bike route to get from Vernon’s train station to Giverny. We had to cross the Seine River and following a footpath, along which we found the berries and nuts. From the Gare de Vernon train station, you can take either the bus, a taxi, rent a bike, or walk the three-mile path. Getting to Vernon…