For some stupid reason I did not visit these beautiful places I am about to list below which obviously will give me another excuse to go back to my beautiful city.
Pour quelques raisons je ne suis pas arrivée à visiter quelques lieux hors Paris que j’aimerais bien avoir visité. Ci-joint j’ai mis quelques infos de comment y aller après une recherche assez sérieuse.
Here’s some info on how to get there, according to some serious research of mine.
Versailles is located just southwest of Paris and is easily accessed by the underground RER C (The RER’s are the trains/metros that circulate outside Paris covering longer distances ). Make sure you get on a train with a terminus station of “Versailles Rive Gauche”. Attention “Versailles Rive Gauche”! You will need to buy a zone 4 ticket unless you have the Carte Paris Visite or a Passe Navigo
Originally this was the site of a hunting lodge for King Louis the Thirteenth (1601-1643, rule began in 1610). It was his son, Louis the Fourteenth, the Sun King (1638-1715, rule began in 1643) who expanded the imperial palace and decided to use much of the wealth of France to create Versailles on a tremendous scale of construction.
The castle is only about a 5-minute walk from the RER station, just follow the crowds they willlead you to this beautiful place.
p.s: Don’t forget about the Grand and Petit Trianon and the Queen’s Hamlet. The Queen’s Hamlet is where Marie Antoinette would go to get away from the hassle of castle life and pretend she was in a quaint village. It even includes a working farm and vineyard that is still functioning today!
Fontainebleau is an excellent alternative. For your 45-minute journey you’ll take the RER D from the Gare de Lyon. This RER is not underground and you will actually leave from the main platforms (Grandes Lignes).
Because you’ll be staying in the Ile de France region (just like Provins), you can buy your tickets from an Ile de France machine or ticket window and check out the SNCF Ile de France screens to find your platform. Your Carte Paris Visite or Passe Navigo valid through zone 5 will also get you to Fontainebleau.
The RER D will take you to the Fontainebleau/Avon train station where you’ll hop on a bus that will take you to the castle (Bus 1).