• Auvers sur Oise City Hall with matching VanGogh painting
    Auvers-sur-Oise,  Destinations,  Transportation

    Travel Between Paris And Auvers-sur-Oise

    Day Trip to Auvers-sur-Oise Travel between Paris and Auvers-sur-Oise The train leaves from platform 34 (Gare du Nord/Paris Nord) at 9:56 a.m. and departs Auvers at 6:18 p.m. This special direct train (weekends – Saturday/Sunday and holidays) takes between 32 and 35 minutes. The regular trains require a change and take about one to one and a half hours. The direct train operates between the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October – call the tourist office (+33 1 34 48 08 54) or visit Transilien/SNCF for timetable Gare du Nord to Auvers-sur-Oise and the Transport page for directions. Special, direct train leaves from Gare du Nord (Paris Nord) Saturday,…

  • Say I love you in Cinderella's carriage - Porpose in Paris
    Welcome to Colleen's Paris

    Proposals and Love in Paris

    Whether anyone has ever said it before or not, I declare that, “Paris is the most romantic city in the world!” June is, traditionally, a popular month for weddings. In Paris, the International Paris Bridal Fashion Trade Fair is a two-day event at the Port de Versailles. The fair takes place annually in June. Before you get to the wedding part, how about that proposal? Have you ever thought about proposing or being proposed to? Have you ever wanted to send a special message to someone while in Paris in an extravagant way? Nicolas Garreau is the expert since 2006 with thirty romantic scenarios at ApoteoSurprise. Nicolas approached me in…

  • Destinations

    Vaux le Vicomte Taxi

    Vaux le Vicomte Less than an hour away from Paris lies the Château Vaux le Vicomte. A few years ago, someone recommended a particular taxi driver. The taxi driver is still picking up the passengers and is one of the numerous alternatives to reach the château. To get from the train station in Melun to the château you can take the shuttle bus or you can call  Matias Enrico (from Portugal) at 06 07 94 07 21. He works for Radio Taxi Melunais… Lynn sent me this information: “When I told him to pick us up at a certain time (from the Château), he was there; he was charming and spoke English.” (He…

  • Mont Saint Michel PAS #3 photo from the air - also found on Tourist Office Web site for Mont Saint Michel www.ot-montsaintmichel.com

    Mont Saint-Michel

    Paris to Mont Saint Michel A reader asked for advice on how to reach Mont Saint Michel from Paris without driving. To answer questions on Normandy, I would suggest the official FranceGuide Web site (government). I have no experience or reader comments on travels to Normandy with a group. The FranceGuide Web site has a section for Normandy and train information for you to check out. Here is a Web site – WhyGo France that talks about getting to Mont Saint Michel from Paris. Fat Tire Bike Tours in Paris offers day trips – I know their bike tours are great; they are definitely a company to consider. The Mont Saint-Michel official tourist office Web site includes the current tide…

  • View from garden of lily pond Giverny bike ride between Vernon and Giverny month of September
    Destinations,  Giverny

    Giverny, Claude Monet, Impressionists

    Claude Monet Foundation at Giverny (Vernon)Read the article on biking to Giverny from the Vernon train station Access information is available from Fondation Claude Monet on their “practical information” page (in English), including bike and shuttle information. THE CLAUDE MONET FOUNDATION AT GIVERNY The Foundation’s website provides the history and background for the Clos Normand, the Water Garden, the Japanese Prints, Claude Monet, himself, a colorful layout of the property  with all of the highlights and parking and access, and all of the practical information: address, entrance fees, access with the train or by car, opening times, restaurants and other helpful links. The following information comes from the Claude Monet Foundation Web site.…

  • Similng Spider (Araigée souriante), 1881, Musée d'Orsay (conserved at the Louvre)

    Paris Museums using “Apps” for Audio Guides

    Look for Paris museums to use phone applications (apps) for their audio guides more frequently. As an amateur art critic, I am a big fan of audio guides. They provide in-depth background information on exhibition selections. They make you visit more efficient if you are short on time. The availability of languages depends on the exhibit or the museum. Generally, the museum’s audio guides for children are only available in French. Downloading an application offers several benefits: use your own headsets and phone/mp3 player for the visit; re-listen to the highlights again as often as you like and pretend you were there. The price might be cheaper for the download…

  • l'Oeil, comme un ballon bizarre se dirige vers L'INFINI, 1882, BNF

    Odilon Redon at the Grand Palais

    This is a fascinating Grand Palais, Paris, exhibit of blacks and greys and eventually color. Was Odilon Redon, a contemporary of Impressionists and their colorful paintings, ahead of his time? He began in charcoals and was a master of lithographs using matted blacks. As a relatively recent medium (invented in 1796) Redon worked with lithographs between the middle and end of the 1800s. Popular with the public, his individual lithographs and those printed in books brought Redon notoriety. His other artistic contemporaries included Gustav Moreau, the Belgian art circle “Les XX”, Nabis, Cezanne and Gauguin. This exhibit follows Redon’s chronological development. He worked in charcoal, lithographs and eventually pastels and…

  • Colleen in a Paris cafe with Erik holding the street by arrondissement book Paris Pratique
    Welcome to Colleen's Paris

    Welcome to Colleen’s Paris!

    I love Paris. Who doesn’t!? The Colleen’s Paris Web site provides general information for your real and virtual visit to Paris! I do this to share my experiences with you whether you are a return visitor or this is your first time in the City. Having lived in Paris since 1992 and working on Colleen’s Paris since 2002, hopefully, what I know and continue to learn about Paris will help you. You can write to me and ask for advice. I will answer you as soon as possible. Obtaining Information Colleen’s Paris   is about current events in Paris, for example exhibitions, advice on lost phones or gloves, Christmas in Paris,…

  • Destinations,  Giverny

    To Giverny From Vernon On A Bike

    Biking to Giverny from Vernon The costs given are estimates and usually are higher than shown. Take the train and then bike to Giverny and the Le musée des impressionnismes (formerly American Museum of Art) Going in September, an added advantage:  In September, the blackberries are ripening and the hazelnuts are falling from the tree. We chose the bike route to get from Vernon’s train station to Giverny. We had to cross the Seine River and following a footpath, along which we found the berries and nuts. From the Gare de Vernon train station, you can take either the bus, a taxi, rent a bike, or walk the three-mile path. Getting to Vernon…