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When I mention the name Paris, what’s the first thing that pops up into your mind? The Eiffel Tower? The City of Lights? The City of Fashion? The City of Romance? Ah, Paris, we all have our own hopes and expectations around it. So, whether you’re headed there for a romantic honeymoon or as part of an adventure on a solo backpacking trip or as a must-see in that dream Euro Trip, there must be a lot that you are intending to see there. However, when you find yourself in the mood for day long trips outside of this hustling bustling colourful and picturesque city, then here we have some suggestions for you!

How to reach: Thanks to its popularity, this city is well-connected for you to find a direct flight there.

Best time to visit: June to September

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5 Day Trips from Paris:

Giverny

How to reach: You can catch a train from Paris in order to head to Giverny and reach there within an hour.

Best time to visit: March to April, September to October

1)Giverny
Source: https://theculturetrip.com/europe/france/articles/8-things-to-know-before-you-visit-giverny-france/

If your idea of a nice escape is to embrace the green, then Giverny will leave you smiling for sure. It is spread with gardens where trees, shrubs, flowers and what not crop out towards each other, stretching, twisting and turning to make one stunning scenery altogether. It was the world-renowned artist Claude Monet whose paintings made these gardens quite the attraction. This village is a joy to explore and is often combined along with the nearby town of Vernon. You can see Monet’s home too which is credited for the popularity, however, keep in mind that the area has a lot more to offer even beyond that. There’s the ancient architecture, the gardens and even museums, to make this day quite an experience.

Chartres

How to reach: You can catch one of the regional line trains in order to reach Paris.

Best time to visit: June to September

2)Chartres
Source: https://unsplash.com/photos/WlckqHo1nL4, Photographer: Stephanie Leblanc, @stepblanc01

If you have wondered where Disney movies get inspirations for those dreamy castles or cathedrals or if you pondered where the sci-fi series get their vivid imagination from, then maybe we can spot one of those inspirations in a place close to Paris. The Chartres cathedral was built in the year 1194. The town was sold to the king of France, raised to a duchy, saw a war and lived through World War II. The town was built near the Eure River which only adds to its beauty even more. It is known as the “City of Light and Perfume”. Visit during the evening hours to catch spellbinding light and sound shows. Walk around and soak in all of it. Move through the must-see spots to even the small streets, the cosy cafes and local shops to learn about this town in the best way that one can.

Loire Valley

How to reach: Catch a train for Loire Valley, there are a few direct trains and then there are some with short stopovers.

Best time to visit: April to June, September to October

loire valley
Source: https://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/loire-valley-chateaux-of-the-loire-f-cen-lova.htm

Loire Valley is so beautiful that its entire area has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You know how we’ve always romanticized ancient architecture because of how dreamy it looks? Well, it gets dreamier here because even back in the 15th and 16th centuries the kings and the royalty would build their country homes in this valley. So, yes, even in another era this valley with its woodlands and rivers was considered to be that beautiful. Château de Chambord, Château de Cheverny and Château de Chenonceau will transport you to that forgotten era. Walk through their gardens, admire their architecture and enjoy the slow pace of life as your vacation allows you to marvel at all these places.

Mont Saint-Michel

How to reach: From Paris take a train till Rennes and from there board a bus to Mont St. Michel.

Best time to visit: May to October

mont saint michael
Source: https://en.normandie-tourisme.fr/unmissable-sites/the-mont-saint-michel/

If the above sounded good, then wait for it, because yes, it does get better! In Normandy there stands Mont St. Michel in a setting surrounded by green grasses, gushing water and in the middle of it this majestic monastery. Today, it has become quite the pilgrimage spot, revered and visited by many to pay their respects. But even those visiting without religious reasons find themselves smitten by this island location. The ancient monastery stands in an isolation enveloped only by nature to keep it company, untouched and untamed by the modern world. A day here is one where you find yourself taking slow walks and gazing at the landscape for as long as your heart pleases. Traditional Norman villages, quaint openings and a sight that defines the word scenery itself.

Champagne Region

How to reach: You can catch a direct bus to this destination.

Best time to visit: April to June, September to October

champagne region
Source: https://www.thecrazytourist.com/15-best-day-trips-paris/

And if you think we are sending you somewhere to enjoy a glass of champagne…well, we are. You can enjoy some of the world’s finest champagne here. But the visit isn’t about the drink alone. You can even explore the vineyards, the cellars, see how it is made and much more. But the foremost reason for sending you here I because to explore the countryside around Paris, the vineyards of their region are quintessential. Their green grounds spread for as far as you can see and let you getaway from the city life, right into the tranquil of their grounds. So, walk around, explore it and get a taste not just of this famous beverage but of the beautiful home from which it hails.

Have you been to Paris? Which of these was your favourite?!

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