9 Best Day Trips from Paris

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Monet's Garden at Giverny

Normandy Beaches

Palace of Fontainebleau

Reims & the Champagne region

Loire Valley Châteaux

The Loire Valley is a famous tourist destination, and many people seek out vineyards as a place to visit and see the beautiful countryside. The best vineyards are almost always in the area surrounding the historic cities of the Loire Valley, in which there are a number of places to visit.

Here are a few of the best which are within a one hour train ride of the city of Tours.

ChâTeau de Brissac

The Château de Brissac features a mystery. After the castle was officially confiscated by the government in 1789, the aristocracy fled, and it was left abandoned.

It was then inherited by two young lovers. They were far from being married, but the nobleman who owned the castle was impressed with their relationship. He gave them permission to live there and even bought the young couple an apartment there. The young lovers were able to work together and live a normal life together in spite of the strict French laws of the time.

The castle was later owned by several different families, but the couple who lived in the apartment donated a gallery, which is now an exhibit hall filled with their wedding portraits. The castle was even used for a scene in the film "The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" starring Betty Davis.

Disneyland Paris

Chartres Cathedral

Chartres Cathedral’s massive spire is made out of french blue limestone. It is the largest cathedral in France and also one of the major churches in Europe.

Chartres is a 12th century Gothic cathedral located on the north side of Paris. It is the largest hall in France and is also known as “The Cathedral of the Three Kings.” The three kings are identified as Charlemagne, his son Louis, and his grandson, Charles the Bald.

Chartres Cathedral was actually a Roman basilica built from 300 AD to 400 AD. It underwent a lot of renovation in the Middle Ages, becoming a cathedral in 1194.

If you look closely in the chapel, you can see the royal coronation of the King of France.

The Chartres Cathedral is known for its stained glass windows, which were made out of colored glass. There are over 250 panels of glass that make up the windows, each one a unique colored design.

To get the most out of the Cathedral, get your tickets early. Make sure that you go on a weekday if you want to avoid the crowds. The best time to visit is after the sun has set and the lights are turned on inside the cathedral.

Mont Saint-Michel

Palace of Versailles

Versailles is a city under one roof, so take advantage and explore the entire attraction. Stand where Marie Antoinette stood. See the costliest meals in the history of the world. Admire the Hall of Mirrors and its astonishing 280-foot high ceiling.

Without this, you’ll be missing one of the finest sculptural paintings in the world. The other thing to know is that there is more than one Palace, and there are 3,000 people working there all the time. The hours and days are, however, different from the time you live. The Palace is open Sunrise to Sunset every day of the year. In the summer, it’s generally open until 9, and then it’s open from 9 till Sunset.