Saturday (and Sunday) strolls continued…

Yesterday I decided to make the most of what looked to be an otherwise dreary day in the capital and ventured out to the town of Rambouillet. Making the most of my free transport within the Ile de France during weekends and bank holidays, I did some research and found an alternative to Versailles in the Chateau de Rambouillet. Although, nowhere near as grand as the Chateau de Versailles, the Chateau de Rambouillet suits anyone looking to avoid the masses and take in the naturous surroundings whilst discovering what is frankly a hidden treasure. Rambouillet is only 40 minutes from Paris Montparnasse (if you get a train with no stops throughout, an hour if you don’t) and boasts a 13th century manor, formerly home from home to Louis XVI who came here mainly for hunting. The grounds are huge and are home to forests, lakes and even sheep! Louis XI had a dairy built here specifically for Marie Antoinette, which she didn’t use that often but all the same, is beautifully decorated with “medallions” of cow inspired illustrations. The chateau is the summer residence of the French president and it’s not hard to see why.

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Saturday (and Sunday strolls)

The only thing better than a weekend in Paris is a bank holiday weekend in Paris. Three days to further explore this city which I am still getting to know in more detail.

Friday got the weekend off to a good start as we got to finish early so of course, with the sun shining, I let my feet guide me to les Jardins des Tuileries.

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On Saturday I decided to wander by La Defense and Neuilly sur Seine. This stroll was inspired by the previous weekend, where I took the bus to Beauvais to catch my flight home for a couple of days in Dublin. Whilst I wasn’t overexcited about a long trek out to the airport after a long day at work, I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw on the way. The bus took us from Porte Maillot and made it’s way by Neuilly sur Seine (the Blackrock of Paris), then out to La Defense, taking a turn to the right which brought us along a part of the Seine I hadn’t travelled before. Whatsmore the weather was gorgeous and I made a mental note to come back and venture by these parts when I would return.

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Doing just that, I got off at Pont de Neuilly metro stop (line 1) and walked up to La Defense (sneaked into Quatre Temps) for about an hour and continued strolling until I realised I was in Courbevoie!

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Luckily, the Eiffel Tower was in my eyeline and I eventually found my way back to the centre. However, completely missing the walking along the Seine part of my stroll, I returned again on Sunday, this time getting the metro to Porte Maillot and walking through the tree lined avenues of Neuilly sur Seine centre.

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Neuilly sur Seine town hall

Once I finally came to the Seine, I took a right and walked along, in the cool shade of the trees by the road side and eventually crossed over to the sunnier side and descended on to the river bank, taking in the rays.  

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To be continued…