Side Trips from Paris

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  • 1. Cathédrale Notre-Dame

    Worship on the site of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame, better known as Chartres Cathedral, goes back to before the Gallo-Roman period—the crypt contains a well that...Read More

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  • 2. Château de Chantilly

    Although its lavish exterior may be 19th-century Renaissance pastiche, the Château de Chantilly, sitting snugly behind an artificial lake, houses the outstanding Musée Condé, with...Read More

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  • 3. Château de Compiègne

    The 18th-century Château de Compiègne, where the future Louis XVI first met Marie-Antoinette in 1770, was restored by Napoléon I and favored for wild weekends...Read More

  • 4. Château de Courances

    Framed by majestic avenues of centuries-old plane trees, Château de Courances's style is Louis Treize, although its finishing touch—a horseshoe staircase (mirroring the one at...Read More

  • 5. Château de Fontainebleau

    The glorious Château de Fontainebleau was a pinnacle of elegance and grandeur more than 100 years before the rise of Versailles. The château began life...Read More

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  • 6. Château de Malmaison

    Built in 1622, La Malmaison was bought by the future empress Joséphine in 1799 as a love nest for Napoléon and herself, three years after...Read More

  • 7. Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

    The high-roof Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, partially surrounded by a moat, is set well back from the road behind iron railings topped with sculpted heads. A...Read More

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  • 8. Château de Versailles

    A two-century spree of indulgence by the consecutive reigns of three French kings produced two of the world's most historic landmarks: gloriously, the Palace of...Read More

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  • 9. Disneyland Paris

    A slightly downsized version of its United States counterpart, Disneyland Paris is nevertheless a spectacular sight, created with an acute attention to detail. Disneyland Park,...Read More

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  • 10. Grandes Écuries

    The grandest stables in France were built by Jean Aubert in 1719 to accommodate 240 horses and 500 hounds used for stag and boar hunting...Read More

  • 11. Maison et Jardin Claude Monet

    After several years living north of Paris, Monet moved downriver to Giverny in 1883. With its pretty pink walls and green shutters, his house has...Read More

  • 12. Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie

    The excellent Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie displays finds ranging from Gallo-Roman votive objects unearthed in the neighboring Halatte Forest to the building's own excavated foundations...Read More

  • 13. Musée des Impressionnismes

    After touring the painterly grounds of Monet's house, you may wish to see some real paintings at the Musée des Impressionnismes. Originally endowed by the...Read More

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  • 14. Potager du Roi

    The King's Potager—a 6-acre, split-level fruit-and-vegetable garden—was created in 1683 by Jean-Baptiste de La Quintinye. Many rare heirloom species are painstakingly cultivated here by a...Read More

  • 15. St-Pierre

    Like Chartres Cathedral, the church of St-Pierre, near the Eure River, is considered a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and its magnificent 13th- and 14th-century windows...Read More

  • 16. Atelier Jean-François Millet

    Though there are no actual Millet works, the Atelier Jean-François Millet is cluttered with photographs and mementos evoking his career. It was here that the...Read More

  • 17. Avenue de Paris

    Not far from the palace, a breadth of 120 yards makes Avenue de Paris wider than the Champs-Élysées, and its buildings are just as grand...Read More

  • 18. Bergerie Nationale

    Located within Parc du Château, the Bergerie Nationale (National Sheepfold) is the site of a more serious agricultural venture: the famous Rambouillet Merinos raised here,...Read More

  • 19. Berges de Seine

    Lined with lively cafés, bars, and houseboats that are actually lived in, this leafy promenade on the banks of the Seine is the city's best...Read More

  • 20. Cathédrale Notre-Dame

    The breathtaking Cathédrale Notre-Dame, one of the country's oldest and narrowest cathedrals, dates to the second half of the 12th century. The superb spire—arguably the...Read More

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