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Beyond Paris

Although Paris has an unequalled list of monuments and museums, it is well worth it to escape the city for a day trip to visit one of the famous chateaux, cathedrals, villages, and provincial towns that are dotted across the nearby countryside. With many excursions just around an hour away, you have every reason to take the time to explore them and enhance your Paris experience.

Looking for over-the-top extravagance? The chandelier-lit hallways of Versailles is as flamboyantly French as it gets. Want to instead tour the chateau that inspired Versailles in the first place? Then Vaux-le-Vicomte is the place for you (and one of our personal favorites). Several other grand palaces await you, each guaranteed to take you back the golden age of the French Empire.

If you’re an art fan you won’t want to miss Monet’s home and gardens at Giverny. The chance to see the very lily ponds that inspired his greatest works is something an Impressionism lover won’t want to miss. You’ll never look at Monet the same way again! Here’s our list of all the best and brightest must-see sights just a stone’s throw from the City of Light.

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