Paris to the Past

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Ina Caro describes 25 one-day train trips from Paris to historical sites—from Orléans, where Joan of Arc had her miraculous visions, to Versailles, to the Place de la Concorde, where Marie Antoinette was beheaded. Paris to the Past: Trawling through French History by Train is for the casual tourist aboard the Metro or the TGV, as well as for the armchair traveler.


Ina Caro

Comments [8]


Americans restored Versailles! It's a great place to bring dogs for a run...

Jul. 07 2011 04:00 PM

Americans restored Versailles! It's a great place to bring dogs for a run...

Jul. 07 2011 03:59 PM
parisbreakfast from Astoria

Riding French trains is always my dream come true - expediant, clean, on time and the view out the window is the BEST.
Take the Eurostar from the UK and you'll notice instantly once you change continents.Simply beautiful. Can't wait to get this book!

Jul. 07 2011 02:05 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

laura - both the SNCF (national railway) and the TGV (high speed trains) pretty much anchor travel from paris outward. one could try to base themselves from one region and try to go to others, but so many of the lines depend upon connection via paris. if you prefer the TGV, you could, conceivably, base yourself in switzerland, traveling from there, but i don't think much savings can be realized from there.

the best bet for many americans is to buy an inclusive, multi-stop/city pass in advance, which will save you a good percentage on single-ticket, point-to-point travel.

Jul. 07 2011 01:51 PM
Laura from UWS

Is Paris the best base for these trips, or is there another (cheaper?) base?

P.S. . My sympathies with the difficulties of pronouncing French--you are very brave to just wade right in and do your best.

Jul. 07 2011 01:22 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

train travel is 1,000 times better than traveling via car in france. both local roads and motorways are easily overcome by traffic during warmer months and holidays. the U.S. will never learn how efficient and appealing train travel can be, because we continue to make the car king, sadly.

Jul. 07 2011 01:19 PM
peter from France

"Colosseum" is a name that refers only to the Flavian amphitheater in Rome - named after the colossus of Nero that used to stand next to it. The others are just amphitheaters.

Jul. 07 2011 01:19 PM
Patrick from Bronx

What are the possibilities afforded to the traveler intending to visit Deauville?

Jul. 07 2011 08:18 AM

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