Out and About in Paris – Part III: Les Enfants

Jardin du Luxembourg Pony Rides

Paris has the deserved reputation of being one of the world’s most romantic cities, but it holds plenty of opportunities for family vacation fun as well. Public parks and gardens are great escapes from the tiring tedium of a typical tourist regimen. At The Luxembourg Gardens, children ride ponies, float miniature sailboats in the central fountain basin, and enjoy programmed activities such as ... Read Full Article

The Royal Gardens of Versailles

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  Le Château de Versailles was originally built as a royal country escape from the malodorous conditions of 17th century Paris. The gardens span several hundred acres and contain 55 diverse and beautifully sculpted fountains. With its proximity to Paris and famous reputation, Versailles is visited by over 4 million people every year; however, the gardens are so extensive that even on busy ... Read Full Article

Gorgeous Giverny: Frolicking in Monet’s Garden

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For my 12th birthday, my parents gave me the book, Linnea in Monet’s Garden. I immediately fell in love with the tale of this young heroine exploring the seemingly magical flora of the famous French impressionist.  For years, I dreamed of going to Monet’s Garden, just like Linnea, and my passion for the arts continued to blossom. When I (finally) got to Paris at the age of 19, one of my top ... Read Full Article

All Aboard the Touristic Train from Paris to Nevers

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Whether you are visiting Paris for business or leisure, you may want to escape the city’s frantic pace for a few days -- without traveling long distances. Touristic trains are a great way out…and they make it easy on you. Enjoyable and cheap, they can take you to picturesque cities, towns and villages that you may not otherwise see. Furthermore, the experience will give you the opportunity to ... Read Full Article

Fontainebleau: a Fabulous Chateau Town

Fontainbleau Chateau

  Set right in the center of the charming town of Fontainebleau is its famous and fabulous chateau. But visiting the chateau is not all you can look forward to during your visit. There are museums, gardens, restaurants and shops galore to keep you busy. Getting to Fontainebleau from Paris is easy by car, but you can also take a Transilien train from Paris-Gare de Lyon to station ... Read Full Article

Visit the Royal French Chateaux Near Paris

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  You don’t need to travel to the Loire Valley to see the sumptuous chateaux once inhabited by French Royalty; there are several chateaux just a few miles from Paris that await your visit. Once a rural hunting ground and home-away-from-home for the rich and powerful of Paris, the Ile de France preserves the majestic past for us to see and enjoy. Impressive royal historic residences, with ... Read Full Article