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Île-de-France Travel Guide

Bonjour Île-de-France! We all know Paris is always a good idea. An even better idea is to extend your city trip and visit other parts of the beautiful region Île-de-France. We went on a mini road trip and visited Paris, the Palace of Versailles, stayed 3 nights at boutique countryside hotel Le Barn in the Rambouillet forest and we went to Giverny, the village of Claude Monet, to explore his beautiful house and garden with the famous water lily pond.


Paris, France


You probably know the drill in Paris. Here are just some of my tips from our last visit.


Food and drinks in Paris


Boot Café - For a coffee, tea and cake in small size coffee shop inside of a former cobbler in Le Marais.


Café Hugo - Catch the last rays of sunlight at the end of the day on this terrace overlooking Place Des Vosges. Art galleries and La Maison de Victor Hugo are next door.


Restaurant Sauvage - Good quality, freshness and authentic tastes at his neighbourhood restaurant. The wine bar is across the street.


front window boot cafe in Paris
BOOT CAFE, PARIS
Window Cafe Hugo, Place du Vosges, Paris
CAFE HUGO, PARIS

Street art in Paris (if you care ;)



Banksy - 15 Rue Beaubourg, 75004, Paris, France (on the back of a parking panel)



Banksy street art in paris
BANKSY, PARIS

Book stores in Paris


Librairie 7L - Karl Lagerfeld's curated bookshop ranging from art and design to landscape photography and fashion books.


Librairie Delamain - The oldest bookstore in Paris, founded in 1700.


Librairie Galignani - The first English bookshop on the continent since 1801.


Maison Assouline - Famous Parisian publishers who revolutionised the meaning of coffee table books with beautiful flagship concept stores in Paris, London and Dubai.


Shakespeare & Company - Famous independent bookshop on Paris's Left Bank, formed out of two independent English-language bookstores. Touristy but worth a visit.



Art books displayed at Maison Assouline
MAISON ASSOULINE

Galleries in Paris


Galerie Perrotin - A contemporary art gallery with two locations in Paris and galleries in New York and Hong Kong. 76 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris, France - perrotin.com


Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France


This doesn't need explanation. A must see! Palace of Versailles gets busy, really really busy. My number one tip is to book your tickets in advance. It's worth adding the no queue and state apartments to your ticket. We really enjoyed the private tour in the morning. Try and go as early as you can; one reason being to avoid as many tourists as possible, the main reason being there is so much to see that you can easily spend at least half a day exploring the grounds. If you don't have a car you can easily catch a train from Paris (~/~ one hour).



staircase inside place of versailles, versailles
PALACE OF VERSAILLES, VERSAILLES
Chair inside palace of versailles, versailles
PALACE OF VERSAILLES, VERSAILLES

Le Barn Hotel, Bonnelles, France


Do I need to say more? We had a fantastic three night stay at this beautiful countryside hotel in the forest of Rambouillet, only 45 minutes from Paris. Perfect for a romantic getaway and some slow travelling. Read more or watch the video about our stay at Le Barn Hotel.



View of  the Lake and Le Barn Hotel Rambouillet
LE BARN HOTEL, RAMBOUILLET
Le Barn Hotel near Paris France
LE BARN HOTEL, RAMBOUILLET
Bar in Le Barn Hotel near Paris in France
LE BARN HOTEL, RAMBOUILLET
Entrance chair and couch Le Barn Hotel near Paris France
LE BARN HOTEL, RAMBOUILLET

Fondation Claude Monet, Giverny, France


Exploring the beautiful house and flower and water garden of Claude Monet was on the list for a long time. Monet lived in Giverny for forty-three years, from 1883 to 1926. The little village thrives on this Master of Impressionism. Try to ignore all the Japanese and Chinese tourists and school classes and you will have a wonderful time. Combination tickets with the Garden, House and Museum are available for 9.30am or 14.00pm.



The Water Lily Pond and Gardens Claude Monet
GARDENS CLAUDE MONET, GIVERNY
Pink House Claude Monet in Giverny, France
HOUSE CLAUDE MONET, GIVERNY
Interior Claude Monet House in Giverny, France
HOUSE CLAUDE MONET, GIVERNY

For more information about Île-de-France


Visit the websites of Yvelines Tourisme


Visit the website of The Region Ile-de-France




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