Exploring the Champagne region

One of the last weekend trips we did before France was put under a strict lockdown, was to the renowned Champagne region. Located just 150 kms north-east of Paris, it can easily be covered in a day-trip or over a weekend, if you want to explore a little more. With about 22 trains running daily from Paris Gare de l’Est to Reims (pronounced as RANCE), … Continue reading Exploring the Champagne region

Annecy over a weekend

Since the time we moved to France, our weekends have been fairly busy. Not just over the summer but even during the winter, we made sure to take short trips out of Paris. On one such weekend in November, we took the high-speed TGV train to Annecy. Trains leave almost every hour and the fastest, direct train takes under four hours. Annecy, sometimes called the Venice … Continue reading Annecy over a weekend

Chantilly – a chateau, a forest and an adventure

Chantilly is a beautiful town about 50kms north of Paris. It’s an easy 45mins drive or an hour by train. The town is famous for a number of things – the beautiful Ch√Ęteau de Chantilly, Chantilly cream and Chantilly lace! Chantilly cream is a delicious version of whipped cream that has been sweetened. There are several stories about the origin of this cream and how … Continue reading Chantilly – a chateau, a forest and an adventure

Paris to Bordeaux by train

Earlier this year in February, we decided to visit Bordeaux, yet another wine growing region of France (in an earlier post I talked about the Loire wine region). Bordeaux is located about 550kms from Paris and the easiest way to reach the city is by the high-speed TGV trains. These trains only take about 2.5hrs – driving takes about 5.5hrs – and are super comfortable. … Continue reading Paris to Bordeaux by train