Specific interests: inquire at the reception desk
Grand Historical Spectacle of Meaux
Meaux Autumn Festival
Provins Medieval Festival in the month of June
Brazil-themed Carnival in Lagny sur Marne in the month of March
Spoken Word Spring Event in May in Bussy St Martin
Sports & Leisure Activities
Kayak trips down the Loing and Grand Morin
Walking tours and nature hikes through the forest and throughout Seine et Marne
Hiking in the Fontainebleau forest
Fishing in Seine et Marne
Outdoor Activities Regional Base in Jablines-Annet
Aeroclub of Lognes
Hot air balloon excursions
18-hole golf course of Bussy St Georges (12km)
18-hole golf course of Ozoir La Ferrières (12km)
18-hole golf course of Crécy La Chapelle (25km)
18-hole golf course of Lézigny (25km)
- Central Paris 45 minutes away by RER A from the Bussy St Georges station
For Information on the monuments and top attractions of Paris:
The Eiffel Tower
The “Grand Lady” of Paris was built for the Universal Exposition of 1889, to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution. The Tower is about 350 meters high! Entrance (elevator up to the 2nd level): 9 euros for adults and children 13 and up, 5.30 euros for children under 12. Open from Jan. 1 to June 13, 9:30 am to 11:00 pm every day. (for athletic types, the stairs are open from 9:30 am to 6:00pm); June 14 to August 31: 9:00 am to midnight every day.
Notre Dame Cathedral
The construction of the cathedral began in 1163 and finished 200 years later, around 1345. Notre Dame can hold up to 6000 worshipers. Of course, entrance is free, but if you want to climb up into the towers, entrance costs around 6 euros. Architects never planned for elevators, sorry, so those with heart conditions should refrain from taking the route to the skies…Opening hours: 8:00 am to 6:45 pm every day. Guided visits from 9:30 am to 6:45 pm every day. Mass: 8:00 am, 9:00 am, noon, and 6:45 pm.
The Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe
The section of the Champs Elysées that stretches from Place de la Concorde to the Grand Palais is enough on its own to deserve the title of the “most beautiful avenue in the world”. The rest of the avenue is lined with shops and often over-priced restaurants. Try out some of the surrounding streets. Don’t forget to visit the Arc de Triomphe at the top of the avenue, built in the middle of the 18th century to commemorate the victories of Napoleon. Entrance fee: around 6 euros, free for children under 12. Opening hours: 9:30 am to 11:00 pm every day from April to October, and from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm every day from November to March.
Montmartre and Sacré Coeur basilica
In the Roman-Byzantine style, the basilica crowns the hill of Montmartre. Started in 1875, its construction was completed in 1914. Entrance is free, but access to the crypt and the dome costs approximately 5 euros. To spare yourself some of the fatigue of the climb, take the funicular, a funny little one-wagon tramway. From the Anvers metro station, start to climb the hillside up to Rue Tardieu. The funicular station is located there. Until the 19th century, Montmartre was just a village located outside the bounds of the fortifications of Paris. The film Amélie will give you a glimpse of the area you absolutely have to visit, even if it’s just to visit one of the area’s 7 museums!
The Hospice of the Invalides was built starting in 1671 by order of Louis XIV, who wanted to house indigent and gravely wounded soldiers returning from his many wars. The work was rapidly completed, but a church was then added on. The work took about thirty years in total. You can visit the church, several museums, and the tomb of Napoleon the 1st whose body was brought back from St. Helena in 1830. Entrance is 6 euros, but free for children under 12. Opening hours: from October to March 31, from 10:00 am to 4:45 pm, from April to September 30, from 10:00 am to 5:45 pm.
Saint Germain des Prés / Latin Quarter
This quarter, whose history is intimately linked to the cultural and artistic life of the French capital, is bordered to the North by the Quay Malaquais and on the South by the Rue du Four. To the West, the Rue des Saints-Pères is at the border with the 7th district and the Rue de Seine is at the crossroads of the Monnaie and Odéon neighborhoods. This neighborhood is both a strategic point for Parisian cultural life and for artists’ studios, with many bookstores and museums, and it’s also a place where it’s great to be seen.
Place des Vosges
Henri IV ordered the construction of the celebrated square which only ended in 1612, two years after the assassination of Le Gascon by Ravaillac. Initially christened “Place Royale”, it was renamed “Place des Vosges” by Napoleon the 1st, who wanted to pay homage with the name to the inhabitants of the residents of the Vosges because of how quickly they paid their taxes. The Square is remarkable both for its style (it is framed by 36 buildings that date from the construction of the square), and also for its boutiques and small park, in the center of which you’ll find the statue of Louis XIII.
You’ll find more commentary (in English) on the monuments of Paris on the site: Eiffel Tower and monuments.
A wonderful walk through Paris
Paris offers a large number of interesting itineraries for gawkers. You can follow all the waterways (the quays along the Seine, of course, but also the Canal St. Martin) or you can also walk along the old train lines of the Strasbourg line, which goes for 17 km and which will take you 15 meters high in the heart of the 12th district (the Green Way). You can also spend some excellent moments relaxing in one of the green spaces in the capital: Luxembourg gardens, the Buttes-Chaumont, the Montsouris park or the Georges Brassens park. Also, don’t forget to explore the gardens of the 14th district. And if you want to explore history and architecture, stroll through St Germain des Prés and the neighborhood of the St. Sulpice Church.
An exciting and thrilling city