For the last seven years I have been living in a hamlet nestled in a royal forest on the Normandy – Picardy border. When not tending to my guests, I have been exploring the area around me, the same area in Normandy that the French impressionists found so inspiring, and the same area in the Somme that towards the beginning of the last century was at the centre of World events. Whether you are wanting a day trip to explore the Somme Battlefields, or a day trip to Giverny from Paris, I can help.
Rouen and Amiens are large cities well serviced by trains from Paris that make a day trip out of the capital city into Normandy and the Somme (respectively) very easy indeed. Here are just some suggestions.
Amiens is only an hour from the Gard du Nord train station in Paris, and a fast service runs frequently throughout the day. The following day trips from Paris, via Amiens are a must:
Entente Cordiale and the city of Eu
From the Stone Age to the Romans in northern France
Sunset meal aboard a steam train on the Somme Bay
The city of Amiens and the Cathedral
Rouen is about 45 minutes from the St Lazare train station in Paris, and a fast service runs frequently throughout the day. The following day trips from Paris, via Rouen are a must:
Rouen and Monet’s Cathedral
A coastal trip from Dieppe to Etretat
Abbeys of the Seine