Paris "intra muros" has enough to offer for a short stay or your first visit.
If you stay long enough or have been here many times and already know your "classics", you may want to enjoy new discoveries around Paris.
You have many Castles and Museums that are easy day trips by car or train
Vaux le Vicomte
Chantilly, Abbaye de Royaumont
Normandy (around 2H30 ): D-Day beaches, Rouen, charming Honfleur and its painters, Mont Saint MichelHorses, Camembert and cream, apples and Calvados
Lille in the North of France (1H -1H30): lovely brick housing, Old City and Grand Place, Museums, Maroilles, Waffles, Carbonade, Waterzoi and Mussels
Champagne region: vineyards, tasting
When we have extra time together, I can help you organize some day -trips or weekend-trips from Paris
You have wonderful regions to discover besides Paris.
Why not extending your stay in France ?
When we have extra time together, I can help you organize your visit with some History, landmark sites, local food, lodging.
I am developing a net of nice, welcoming and quality BnBs in France.
When you book one of them on my recommendation (and vice versa), you will enjoy a friendly surprise.
Brittany, the coasts offer amazing landscapes. You can go on a fishing adventure. The weather and the soil are perfect for the Hydrangeas. The "Breton" Gastronomy
is large and various from all kind of fish and sea food, artichokes, cauliflowers, caramels au beurre salé, crèpes and apple cider
- In Bordeaux ( from 2H TGV): Wonderful XVIIIth century architecture, The Old Stone Bridge, The Place des Grands Hommes, and Quinconces, Beaux Arts and Arts
Bordeaux is another landmark for gastronomy: Lamproie, Cannelés, Entrecôte à la Bordelaise (Ribeye) and the MUST see and taste La cité du Vin...
Pays Basque : and The Western South of France : Toulouse "la ville rose", Albi its Toulouse -Lautrec Museum and its UNESCO Cathedral.
Do ot miss the fortified Carcassonne, the Village of Mirepoix, the Cathares castles. If you love Jazz, Marciac and its famous international Jazz Festival in August is
a must. Many beautiful fortified villages in the region and Lourdes. Pau is the Henri the IVth birth place, the castle is a must see. On the Atlantic coast, visit Biarritz, St
Jean de Luz, Espelette and many old charming villages with their typical deep red shutters. People in the South West are well known for their strong character and
their generosity. So is their food and their wines. Enjoy duck, foie gras, Pyrénées lamb, Piment d'Espelette, rich cassoulet, Piperade, the Jalbon de Bayonne (raw ham), Marmitako
(Tuna), trouts, Veal Axoa, Poule au Pot or Poulet Basquaise, escaoutoun, tasty cheeses, excellent chocolate in Biarritz, gâteau basque ( Try the Cherry one
I am sure
you will not miss some Irouleguy wine, Madiran, Pacherenc, and above all some Armagnac. I run a BnB there for 4 years and still have nice friends and gourmet addresses
- In the Loire Valley, center of France ( from 2H15 – to 3H3O by train), Amboise, Valençay and Talleyrand, Nohant the once residence to George
Sand. Visit the châteaux Renaissance (for leisure and the Douceur de Vivre rather than defensive) Chenonceau,
Chambord, Blois, Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau, Cheverny that inspired Hergé for Moulinsart- Tintin)
Vouvray sparkling wine), goat cheese, Andouillette and Rillettes, some Nougat…
- In Burgundy (between 1 and 2H 15) Montbard, Auxois, Bussy Rabutin, Beaune and its "Hospices", Nièvre, Cluny, and discover the world renowned Wines, Cassis and Kir,
Mustard, Anis in
To get "in the mood" watch the movie "Le Chocolat" with Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, and Judi Dench- Savor Gougères, Goat cheese and Epoisses, the famous stew Boeuf Bourguignon. Of course
wine tasting in A MUST in Burgundy!
- In Lyon ( From 2H TGV) : Les traboules, Le vieux Lyon, Guignol, Musée de la Soie,
Savor saucissons and wine in les "Petits Bouchons", the Pralines and the Quenelles, the Fromage des Canuts, the wonderful starred restaurants. Lyon is one of the greatest temples for
“la Gastronomie” ( Bocuse, Georges Blanc and others)
Alsace, and the North East of
France WIth the TGV lines,
Strasbourg is only 2Hours away from Paris. Also worth a visit ; Nancy the Place Stanislas, and the Art Nouveau Museum, L'Ecole de Nancy for glass and furniture manufacturing. Take some
tie for the "route des Vins" and the awarded villages.
. You will enjoy bounty from the rivers ((trout, pike, eel, crayfish), spaetzle (or Spätzle) famous mini egg noodles, some quenelles. Alsace also makes some nice Foie Gras although I prefer
it in the South West. YOU will savor the choucroute (sauerkraut), the Baeckeoffe (beef stew). The Flammenkueche is a flamed quiche with
thin crust with onions and bacon. Enjoy some bretzels.
On the sweet side, have a nice Koughlof (Brioche with raisins and Almonds), indulge in some Madeleines de
Alsace is famous for its beer and white wines ( Gewürztraminer , Riesling, Sylvaner). The region for "Vin jaune and Vin de paille du Jura" is close to Alsace.
Savoie and Haute Savoie: the Alps sharp and beautiful landscapes and villages, Some of the greatest ski resorts in the World ( Val D'isère, Courchevel, Mégève and
others). The Lake in Annecy offers serene views, starred restaurants, worldwide artist workshops ( Yan Zoritchak in Talloires). Traditional food is quite rich: fish from the
lakes Annecy or Léman (Fera and Omble), diots sausages and Viande des Grisons, (dry beef). Thanks to the "Alpages" (pasture) the cattle gives tasty milk for cheeses (curd cheese to
enjoy with blueberries, Abondance, Tommes, Reblochon, Beaufort, goat Persillé).
- In Marseille and Aix en Provence ( 3H 15 TGV) the Old Port harbor, La bonne Mère Notre Dame de la Garde and Sainte Marie Majeure, la Vielle Charité, the “Cité Radieuse” by Le
Corbusier, the MUCEM; les calanques, the islands, the famous Sardines. Enjoy an authentic bouillabaisse (fish stew) with some tasty garlicky mayonnaise (Aioli), navettes cookies
Provence and French Riviera ,
Camargue So many beutiful places not to be missed there, I
cannot name them all here: Avignon, Arles, Pont du Gard, Uzes, Lubéron, Gordes, Old Nice, all the Provences Villages and Artisan work ( St Paul de Vence and Fondation
Maeght, Biot and its famous bubble glass, Valbonne, Mougins, Eze, Vallauris famous for its pottery and Picasso). Breathless wild landscapes in the Maures and Esterel Mountains. Villa
Ephrussi, to name a few for a start. You will probably take a Southern accent while enjoying anchovies and olives, a daube Provençale (beef stew),
Camargue rice, petits farcis ( stuffed onions, tomatoes, zucchini) ,or the famous ratatouille, panisses and socca pancakes ( chickpea pancakes), Pastis and Rosé wine.
We can share a regional "table d'Hôtes" in Paris!
I joined a group of passionate B&B owners all over the world.
Ant thanks to my own contacts made other connections as well.
- All of us preparing nice breakfasts for you to start a great day.
- All of us, being passionate about what we do
- All happy to do our best for our guests
Besides these essential common grounds, we are all
- some in cities, some in the wilderness.
- some offering art, music, photography, history, some offering bird watching, whale watching, , trekking.
- some with only B&B bedrooms some with bedrooms and self-catered
- some with trendy decor, some with country like
- some accepting pets, some
- some proud to cook for their guests, some preferring to recommend nice restaurants.
So if you travel the world, have a look at the links below.
Contact the owner on key2paris behalf.
You will receive, as all their guests, a great welcome but on top you’ll have a nice surprise.
as I’ll do here for any guest booking a minimum of 4 nights on behalf of one of these B&B.
The list will extend but this is already a good start for you to enjoy traveling the planet ...
Just a couple of days in Paris ? Don't need a kitchen ? Would like to have your bedroom done everyday ? Don't need some personal services and exchanging with a local ?
Hotel Crayon almost on rue du Louvre. Nice
Boutique Hotel, friendly team
Hotel Bachaumont on rue Bachaumont. Recently opened. Luxury address
Hotel Chopin in the
Passage des Panoramas. fun location, nice team, reasonable tariff
Would you like to try the left bank for a couple of nights ? Contact Ian on my behalf at Hotel Saint Christophe. Bilingual and bicultural family.