Day Trips

Day Trips

He was born in Limoges, spent most of his life in Paris, and died in Cagnes-sur-Mer, in Provence: but in the latter part of his life Pierre-Auguste Renoir spent long, happy periods of time...

During my first trip to Paris, in the days when maps were the only option, I was unraveling the mysteries of the Metro, when I found that the RER Line B from Charles de...

There is no better way of getting yourself in the mood for a short weekend trip than watching a film set in that city. Breakfast at Tiffany’s in New York, Wow. Vicky Christina in Barcelona, superb....

Have you done everything in Paris – or are you just worn-out with sightseeing? Try the Hammam at the Grande Mosquée de Paris. The Mosque rose above us in all its gleaming whiteness. The domes...
Auberge du Jeu de Paume

You need not travel far from Paris to experience a romantic weekend away in a luxurious setting. Just 25 miles north, and easily accessible by car or train, sits the majestic Auberge du Jeu de...

I was first introduced to the renowned institution Deyrolle in Adam Gopnik’s book Paris to the Moon and added this unusual menagerie of taxidermied animals to my bucket list. While en vacances in Paris,...

You need not leave Paris this summer in search of sunny beaches, on the 20th July the beach will come to you! As part of Paris Plages, three beaches located along the Seine river (and the...
Champagne flutes

Most people, when they hear the word “Champagne,” think of the area around Reims and Epérnay, northeast of Paris. This is where the large, industrial-level production of champagne takes place, and where companies like Taittinger, Veuve...
Château de Courances

With its majestic avenue of plane trees dating to the 17th century, Courances, the moated chateau, has gardens described as “the most beautiful in France”. Owned by the de Ganay family since 1872, the 17th-century...
Alexandre Dumas' Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine

In 2002, for the bicentennial of Alexandre Dumas' birth, then French President Jacques Chirac arranged a ceremony honoring the renowned author by reinterring his coffin at the Panthéon in Paris. Four Republican guards dressed...
Chateau de Vincennes

On exiting the metro station at the end of the line 1 at Chateau de Vincennes, there is no need to ask directions to the castle or even consult a map, for there it...
Maurice Ravel's piano

A short ride by train or car - just about an hour outside of Paris - and you arrive in another world: a small, pretty village not far from Rambouillet. Montfort-L’Amaury is well worth...