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Best Day Trips Into The Countryside From Paris

One of my favorite cities in the world has plenty of getaways in the country if you want to take either a day trip, or get away for a few days. Explore Monet’s home, the beautiful and stunning Palace of Versailles and more in my favorite Paris getaways!

Monet House

Giverny Monet House

60 to 90 Minutes From Paris

On entering Monet’s house, the visitor should imagine a home filled with the noisy cavalcade of eight children, Claude Monet’s comings and goings between his studio and the garden, the atmosphere of the kitchen in the early morning when vegetables came fresh from the kitchen-garden, plus the returns from market and arrival of friends from Paris. Make sure to visit the blue sitting room on the ground floor, and Blanche Hoschedé-Monet’s bedroom, which just opened to the public for the first time in 2014. As with Monet’s bedroom, Hubert Le Gall was responsible for the scenographic reconstitution, inspired by interiors from that period in order to recreate as close as possible the surroundings of Blanche who lived in Giverny until her death in 1947.

Palace of Versailles

Versailles

60 to 90 Minutes From Paris

Versailles is a must if you’re visiting Paris. It is just about an hour to get to, and it boasts not just a stunning Palace to explore, but you can row boats in the large pond with your special someone. It has played a special part in my life over the many times I have traveled to Paris. There are so many rooms to explore inside the Palace that you should be prepared to stay here for the day!

Deauville

Deauville

90 to 120 Minutes From Paris

Coco Chanel is known to have spent time vacationing here, which is more of a reason to visit this seaside resort. It is the closest seaside town to Paris and has long been home to French’s high society. So, if you want to run into France’s best, you won’t want to skip a trip here! Deauville is known for its race course, international film festival and beautiful harbor.

Palace of Fontainebleau

Chateau de Fontainebleau

The medieval castle and subsequent palace served as a residence for French monarchs from Louis VII to Napoleon III, so needless to say visiting here will offer you a stunning view of history. The country is literally crawling with castles, and Chateau de Fontainebleau is the perfect example of this. Why do I love this castle? It is not known as one of the main ones — Versailles or the Louvre — but it is equally as stunning. The Château de Fontainebleau is a museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and actually predates the Louvre by 50 years, and Versailles by 5 centuries! It’s less crowded, which is a big plus.

Mont-Saint-Michel
Mont-Saint-Michel

About 4.5 Hours From Paris

Just a 4 hour drive from central Paris, Mont-Saint Michel is one of my favorite getaways. It is actually an island in Normandy, France which boasts just 50 permanent residents! This is a trip you’ll want to take when you plan to stay overnight as it is a considerable amount of time to get there from Paris. Because it is situated in Normandy, you can explore plenty of areas around this incredible place.  The tides of the Channel are ever-changing, constantly rising and falling around the island. During high tide, the Mont-Saint-Michel is stunning, as though its hovering above the water. Low tide is just as fascinating, and you can actually walk up to this island through the sand. It’s a definite must-visit place around Paris!