Biking along Canal de l’Ourcq

I won’t hide that autumn is my favourite season in Paris : the weather is nice (much better than in spring!) and colors are gorgeous. I chose a nice and warm Saturday of October to do one of Parisians’ favourite bike paths, the path along Canal de l’Ourcq. This is a 23 km path following the Ourcq channel, completely flat and totally separated from the car traffic so it is also a nice and safe activity to do with kids. If you don’t have your own bicycle don’t stop reading! There is a rental place at the beginning of the path, close to a metro station. For other rental options and many other biking tips in Paris check our Paris by bike guide.

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Vitry-sur-Seine: the capital of Street Art

Did you know that Paris and its surroundings is home to some of the most exciting street art in Europe – even the world?

Sometimes it’s worth getting a little out of town to visit something really special.  Vitry-sur-Seine (Val de Marne) is a popular city in the outskirts of Paris. A grey city without personality, in last 5 years has become the perfect workshop for street artists from all around the world. With around a hundred international artists and more than 400 graffiti works Vitry is nowadays one of the best cities to discover Street Art.

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Josephine’s dearest home (Chateau de Malmaison)

Le Chateau de Malmaison is located eight kilometers to the West from Paris, in the town of Rueil-Malmaison. It is most commonly known as the former residence of Napoleon I, the emperor of France from 1804 to 1814, and his wife, Josephine de Beauharnais. Before going to Egypt in 1798, Napoleon gave Josephine the task of finding a country house to her liking. Josephine was immediately charmed by Le Chateau de Malmaison, and bought it in 1799, three years after their marriage, which was in 1796.

Chateau de Malmaison

At first, it was an old house of the 17th century, but renovations by architects Percier and Fontaine (1800 to 1802) turned it into a luxurious castle with all the fashions of the 19th century. Continue reading “Josephine’s dearest home (Chateau de Malmaison)”

The eighth World Wonder (Machine de Marly)

Bougival is a smiling village by the Seine River, at only 17 km from Paris. During XIX century Impressionists chose this peaceful place as their favourite open air workshop. People like Monet, Sisley or Berthe Morisot spent long periods in this village trying to catch the beauty of the river and its banks and soon Bougival’s landscapes became the subject of some of their masterworks.
But this colourful revolution was not the only revolution in Bougival. Two centuries before, a king who decided to construct a fantastic (but noisy) engine in peaceful Bougival: la Machine de Marly.

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Impressionists’ Open Air Workshop (Bougival)

Bougival is a smiling village by the Seine River, at only 17 km from Paris. During XIX century Impressionists chose this peaceful place as their favourite open air workshop. People like Monet, Sisley or Berthe Morisot spent long periods in this village trying to catch the beauty of the river and its banks and soon Bougival’s landscapes became the subject of some of their masterworks.

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But this colourful revolution was not the only revolution in Bougival. Two centuries before a king who decided to construct the Eighth World Wonder in peaceful Bougival . .

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