There is plenty of activity within the city of Paris, France. However there may come a point in your trip where you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a little while. Here are a few day trips you can consider:
Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is the palace other palaces compare themselves too. As the inspiration for other palatial residences, the Palace of Versailles is a must visit for opulence and grandeur at its finest. If you’re especially vain you will find the Hall of Mirrors to be exquisite. Spend the day exploring the ornate rooms and walking through the outdoor gardens.
If you’re looking to experience a quaint European town, Chartres is a great day trip from Paris. Once you’ve exited the train station you will notice the tall spires for the local cathedral. The short walk to the cathedral will allow you to meander through the town. Visit local bakeries and shops and be sure to allow yourself sometime to relax in a cafe. Inside the cathedral are beautiful stained glass windows while immaculate gardens surround the outside of the church. On one side of the cathedral there are great views of the surrounding countryside.
This is a great day trip if you are traveling with kids, or if you love connecting with your inner child. It’s also perfect if you’re tired of sight seeing and want a bit of whimsy, fantasy, and make believe. Disneyland Paris is similar in layout and attractions to the Disneyland Park in Anaheim, CA and the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida. When you see Mickey Mouse be sure to great him with a hearty “bonjour”!
A trait of a skilled painter is when others look at their work and they feel as if they are transported to the landscape the artist painted. Seldom is there a chance to see exactly what the artist’s inspiration was for their paintings. In Giverny it is possible to visit Claude Monet’s garden and home. The gardens bring to life Monet’s most famous paintings. Be in awe of the water lily pond, and witness what Monet gazed upon as he painted his masterpieces.