Day trip suggestions around the area?

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  1. denise

    denise The world is a book, and those who do not travel,

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    We will be at DLP next June. Besides going to the parks we are planning out the week. I really need help from the experienced people on the board on things to do.
    We figure 2 days at the parks is good, is it?:confused3
    I have always wanted to go to Chartres Cathedral, but that will not take the whole day. What else is around there that we can see on that day?
    We will go into Paris and see the sights of course.
    But what else can we do? Are there any unusal places to see? We do plan on renting a car but don't want to have to spend the night anywhere else...
    help is really needed from all the "seasoned" travels to France...
    thanks so much
    denise
     
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  5. denise

    denise The world is a book, and those who do not travel,

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    I don't know how to do multi quotes....:confused3

    LOVE the 3 suggestions so far...WOW...this is what I am talking about....not the usual places Americans go to.

    Love the Tigers..and never even thought of the other 2!!

    PLEASE please, keep them coming, just love it!!!:worship::worship:
     
  6. Ware Bears

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    We spent a day at Provins last summer. There is a public bus service that leaves from outside the park every hour if you don't want to drive there.
     
  7. britchic4

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    I expect you were planning this anyway but I'd definitely get the train to Paris rather than drive.
     
  8. denise

    denise The world is a book, and those who do not travel,

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    We, right now, are planning on renting a car on arrival at the airport and driving out to the resort. That way we have a car for our day trips.
    Is it smarter to rent at the airport or at the resort?

    Is parking limited or is it just crazy driving in Paris?

    This is why I am asking the experts!!!
     
  9. davewasbaloo

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    Hi Denise,

    I am a northern Californian living in the UK, and my do not miss recommendation for you is Provins. Think a medieval version of Virginia City. It has 43 structures built in the 13th century, and has living history exhibits such as falconry displays, middle age siege weapons demonstrations, and an awesome medieval horseback riding show. It is a do not miss for people from the new world.

    An hour North of DLP is Compiegne, where Napolean's favorite home was (as well as where Joan of Arc was captured), or Pierrefonds, a lovely storybook town that looks right out of the 3 Muskateers, with a great castle, and of course the railway carriage where the armistace for WW1 was signed is between the two towns.

    About 80 minutes to the east is Rhiems. Now, most English speaking people are unaware that the Notre Dame here is historically more important than the one in Paris, as it is where all the medieval kings of France were coronated. Also, there are several champagne wineries to visit. Now I know Napa Valley and Sonoma have similar offerings, but the Tattinger Winery is in the cellars of a 13th century monestary (so a little different).

    Also, Vaux le Vicompte is worth visiting on a Saturday night, it is only a little way from DLP and it was the mansion that inspired the sun king to build Versailles. In fact, he was so jealous, he imprisoned the owner the day after the inaugural party, and the official that built the chateau died in prison. On Saturday nights, they line the gardens with candles.

    The other really great place to check out is Chantilly, about an hour north of DLP. It is a wonderful old town, but the chateau has the largest library in France after the Louvre, and contains the book Le Duc De Berry, the artwork that inspired Walt Disney's animators when designing the art direction for Sleeping Beauty (the castle looks like it belongs to Cinderella's step mother). The grounds also houses an equine (horse) museum, where there is an enormous mansion for horses (the owner thought he would be reincarnated as a horse), and as well as having lovely exhibits including a carousel horse display, it also has lipenzer stallion dressage and training displays. Also, Chantilly is reknowned for the sweet whip cream, very popular on waffles (guaffre) or ice cream.

    Barbizon is nice if you like impressionism, it was an artist colony during the impressionist movements.

    And DLP is in the Brie region, so the cheeses at local markets such as Meaux are great choices.

    If you like war time history, La Cople, 3 hours north of DLP, is where all the V2 rockets were tested by the nazis, and near by is the Artois region town of Arras, where there are immense underground tunnels to explore, first built in the medieval age, but essential for the allied wins in WWI, also the town has beautiful unique architecture, especially the town hall. also, a huge Canadian War cemetary is 3 miles out.

    5 hours to the North West of course the Normandy Beaches, Mont St Michel, and the Beayeux Tapestry (c1086) tells the story of the Norman Conquest of England.

    4 hours to the North East, you could pay a visit to the WWI trenches or Brussels, the capital of Europe (with some great architecture again), or the beautiful medieval canal town of Brugges (with more canals than Venice).

    Nearer to DLP, if you like coasters and shows, Parc Asterix is great fun. Think more 6 Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, but with better theming. Warning though, it is 100% in French, but my wife and kids do not speak French, but they still enjoy it.

    Also, if you like shopping, Val de Europe is 2 miles from DLP, and it is one of the biggest malls in Europe, with a designer outlet, an Aquarium, and some great dining options.

    we have been on vacation in the region over 50 times in the last 20 years and not seen it all. And as much as I love DLP, I really think people that just keep going to the parks are missing out on so much. There is far more to the region than just Disney and the city of Paris.
     
  10. davewasbaloo

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    As for the driving in Paris thing, it is a mix of traffic volumes, crazy drivers, and no/expensive parking.

    Imagine driving a flat version of San Francisco with double the cars, many speeding past in all directions, add in some roundabouts et voila!

    It is not impossible, and I have done it, but the train is easier, and sometimes cheaper.
     
  11. Ware Bears

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    I wanted to visit here last summer but we ran out of days but no problem, it's something to look forward to another year. For anyone old enough to remember (like me :lmao: ) it was also used as Christopher Walken's pad in the James Bond film, A View to a Kill.
     
  12. denise

    denise The world is a book, and those who do not travel,

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    Thanks for all the great info. So many great ideas. Now how are we going to pick???? You are better then a travel book! My local Barnes and Noble didn't have one for DLP! Can you believe it? I love all your references to my local area to compare. We are about Sacramento so it was perfect.

    Do you think we should take the bus from the airport to Marriott at DLP and then get a car when we need it for our day trips?
    We want to take the train from Paris to Dover so I guess we would just take the train back into Paris from DLP and then get on the train to Dover...
    So much planning.
    Denise pirate:
     
  13. davewasbaloo

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    Hmmmm, difficult call. If you take the bus from the airport, you have to take the 50-60 minute bus to the DLP train Station, then wait for another bus to take you to the resort (about a 15 min trip, not including waiting). The Number 34 runs about every 40 mins, so if mistimed, it could be an issue.

    If staying at the Marriott, I think for the convenience and negligible costs, it is worth having a car the whole time.

    As for the train to Dover, you could go into Paris, but I suspect you have to catch a train to Ashford, and then another one back into Dover. You might want to see if there are any seats left for the DLP to Ashford train however.

    Now i know where you live, imagine a medieval version of Old Town Sacramento and Sutter's Fort, and you have Provins. :rotfl2:

    As for the bookstore not having books on DLP, that is because there are not many good ones available (The Brit's Guide, available on Amazon is probably your best bet). That said, between this site; www.photosmagiques.com; www.dlrpmagic.com; www.dlrptoday.com; and www.mousekingdom.de should more than keep you covered.

    Any more questions, let me know.
     
  14. denise

    denise The world is a book, and those who do not travel,

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    Again, thanks for all the information. I will check out those web sites.
    I am still researching everything for our big trip. I had thought that the eurostar went into Dover. What do I know :confused3, I live in the States! Now I have to also figure out how to get from Ashford to Dover to catch the Disney Magic.
    I couldn't believe how much the train went up in cost. We last rode in 1996...so it has been awhile.
    Since you are in England now, do you have any recommendations for our stay in or near Dover for 2 nights before our DCL cruise? There are 5 of us. Three in one family and two in the other, so we need 2 rooms. I also have to find a hotel for one night before we fly home from London...
    So much to do :surfweb:
    Love all the information you have given us...what a big help!!!

    just added:
    Can we rent a car in Paris and drop it off in Dover....is that allowed?
     
  15. davewasbaloo

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    Oh sorry, I only just saw these other questions, sorry I missed them and I hope I am not too late.

    I am not sure of specific hotels in Dover, I have never stayed there. But as a rule, we find you can never go wrong if there is a Marriott or Holiday Inn there (Holiday Inn Express if on a budget). And I only tend to stay at luxury hotels for a treat/business as we live an hour away. For super budget, I have heard ok things about a NO FRILLs Easyhotel or Premier Travel Inns are ok. Again, Holiday Inn, Crown Plaza or Marriott are good choices too.

    As for using a rental car in France and the UK, well it is possible, but you pay a higher supplement, and remember that the UK drives on the opposite side of the road than France/the US, so there can be a challenge in it, but it is not impossible. Also you would need to get across the channel, but the Eurotunnel by car is really cool!

    Any other ?'s, let me know.
     
  16. denise

    denise The world is a book, and those who do not travel,

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    Not too late so don't worry...
    We are at a B & B in Dover for 2 nights before the DCL cruise...
    Got my ressie at Marriott's at Disneyland Paris for the week using points (hoping for a trade still)
    Have all the air done on points and 2 nights near London at a Marriott using pts.
    Just have to get a car while in Paris and found out I can drop it off at the port where the ferry would take us to Dover...at Calais
    Looks like just transportation things to worry about now...went very smoothly.
    Can't wait to go.......
     
  17. Rachie B

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    We visited Pierrefonds castle on Thursday ( we were staying close by in Berny Riviere) ,lovely interesting castle,fab way to spend an hour or so

    it is used in the BBC Merlin series http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/travel/destinations/france/article4740436.ece
     
  18. Carrotclubber

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    RachieB any tips for visiting Pierrefonds? We hope to go enroute to DLP as we have a couple of Merlin fans. Did you go into the castle?
     
  19. Rachie B

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    Hi
    yes we did,it's 7 euros per adult and free for under 18's

    there's an english speaking tour guy there who can give you advice / tell you more about the castle etc

    fab views / scenery from the castle and grounds :)

    my 7 yr old enjoyed taking pics of all the ugly gargoyle type structures on the castle lol

    there's a little gift shop too ( where you also buy your admitance tickets )

    xx
     
  20. denise

    denise The world is a book, and those who do not travel,

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    Thank you for the prices for this treat! Can't wait till we see it next June...

    Still need to plan the car for our time in DLP and how to get to Dover....but still have time...
    If there are anymore ideas out there just let me know!!
    denise
     
  21. davewasbaloo

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    Then, afterwards, if you go into the town, there is a lovely restaurant on the town square that is very family friendly. Also it is nice to rent a row boat and go out on the water.

    Then going through the woods towards Compiegne, the Railway carriage where the WWI armistace was signed is very moving.

    And Compiegne itself is a lovely royal town to explore, especially the Chateau and surrounding area.
     

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