time to go to discover it in Amiens, in the heart of Picardy.
It is about the biggest Gothic cathedral of Europe, renowned
for its gargoyles and its multicolored facade that we can
admire the come night. Amiens or " small Venice of the
North " for its canals, will allow you to taste the charms
of a provincial town. You can have a good and calm time in
the hortillonages, and for the Epicureans, taste the "ficelle
picarde" in one of the numerous restaurants of the quay
Bélu in the district St Leu which has concerved all
only one hour from Paris, take a train in "Gare du Nord",
North train station.
If you have only day free for a trip outside Paris, you must go to
the most famous and, according to many, the most magnificent castle
in the world: the Château de Versailles, in the Yvelines department.
are three possible routes to get there by train:
Versailles Rive Gauche Station - Line Paris- Austerlitz RER C
Versailles Chantiers Station - Line Paris - Montparnasse SNCF
Versailles Rive Droite Station - Line Paris - St Lazare la défense
are two possible routes to get there by car:
By the Pont de St Cloud and the motorway A 13, first junction
Versailles château towards Avenue de St Cloud.
By RN 10, Porte de St Cloud - Pont de Sèvres - Versailles
towards Avenue de Paris.
we really need to present what was in turn a summer palace and seat
of the royalty, this place laden with art and with history, this
prototype of classical French architecture, long preferred by some
of the most important musicians of the age of splendour such as
Bach, Mozart and Rameau, either to create or to offer performances?
don't forget the magnificent gardens alongside the castle, by Le
Nôtre. A service of guided tours of the copses is available.
further information, ring 01 30 83 78 88.
Grande Arche de la Défense
In another, more modern style, you can admire and visit the Grande
Arche de la Défense, in the Hauts - de - Seine department.
can enjoy a view of Paris from over 110 metres up in this glass
building. Guided visits are available. You can take the panoramic
lifts to admire the views or look at the contemporary art exhibitions.
get there, take the metro line 1 to the La Défense - La Grande
Arche terminus or the RER A getting off at Grande Arche station.
In the Val d'Oise department, you can visit the biggest Cistercian
abbey of France, the Abbaye de Royaumont.
exhibition rooms explain the changes that it has undergone. To this
day it is still inhabited. You can meditate all day inside, but
also outside, thanks to the canals and woods which appease the daily
life of its inhabitants. The Abbaye de Royaumont will bring you
peace of mind. To get there, you will need your own vehicule or
to hire one.
information on how to get there and opening times, you can call
01 30 35 59 00 or visit the website: http://www.royaumont.com
châteaux de la Loire
Although it is recommended to make a 2 or 3-day trip out of it, it
is possible, thanks to the TGV high speed train or by contacting specialized
agencies, to organize a one-day visit of the most important castles
of the Loire, Chenonceaux, Chambord and Amboise, with Italo-French
architecture, from the middle of the Renaissance, built on the initiative
of king Francis 1st.
the landing beaches and the Mont Saint-Michel
You could also visit Normandy, with the landing beaches and the Mont
visit the allied landing beaches during the second world war, you
will pass the beaches of the coast from Hoc to Arromanches, and
you can end with the peace Memorial at Caen.
you want to discover one of the principal places of pilgrimage,
the Mont - St- Michel, you will not be disappointed. Visit the village
with its cobbled streets and cloisters. But most impressive of all
is the abbey, with a breathtaking view of the surrounding beaches,
enabling you to watch the tide come in.
agency Touringscope will look after you, from your departure from
Paris to your return to Paris, with professional guides. Your visit
will be carried out by minibus. If you are interested in this cultural
visit, call: 01-53-34-11-91 Agence Touringscope 11, bis bvd Haussmann