4 amazing mini-trip ideas from Paris


France is known throughout the world for its impressive natural beauty. From the Alps to Normandy’s never ending beaches, there is always something to discover and experience in this beautiful country. Paris is of course an undisputed tourist hub attracting millions of visitors a year, but if you’re ever in need of a break from the boulevards and busy cobbled streets then try these mini-break ideas that are only a short trip away.


Home to some of the best natural reserves in all of France, Picardy has retained much of its charm and character through its lovely traditional villages and huge natural expanses.  Situated north of Paris, this area is a must for Parisians during the summer, with many visiting the Chateau’s and country houses with families. Historically Picardy is immensely important, as it was the sight of many WW1 battles such as the Somme and Agincourt, making any visit a memorable and humbling experience.


Loire Valley

No city break guide can commence without mentioning the Loire Valley. Famous for its traditional wine making and other culinary delights, the valley has incredible history in its many villages and small towns. Towns such as Blois, Saumur and Tours are all a fascinating glimpse into much simpler times.

Loire Valley


A 30-minute journey from the center of Paris is all it takes to see what is perhaps the most sophisticated and historically important palace in the world. French royalty has been beautifully preserved here in the perfectly manicured lawns and breathtaking palace rooms that will leave you feeling rather small. The tours on offer are fantastic for all the family, with engaging activities for the kids and informative guides for adults.


Chateau de Fontainebleau

This impressive Chateau is situated in the heart of a seventeen thousand acre forest that is equally as impressive as the building itself. Our favorite part of the Chateau was the entrance, with steps leading up to a foyer that resembled something directly out of a Three Musketeers novel. Its exhibition rooms are a wonderful insight into French upper classes, with everything preserved exactly as it was. The grounds are fantastic for picnic and walks, so be sure to grab some wine and cheese on the way!


Whatever you decide to do on your weekend break from Paris, it is without question that you will be thoroughly impressed by the natural beauty and history that can be found just a short trip from the bustling streets of the city.

Irina Raileanu is the owner and Director at Avenue Story.

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  1. Paris is a city that every traveler should take time to experience…. yes, many people search for ideas for good short trips….. visiting these four places can give one a decent experience of Paris!

  2. Chenell Tull says:

    Paris was gorgeous, but I wish I would have been able to visit just one of these places. They all look stunning! Picardy and Versailles would be my top two if I had to choose. :)

  3. Adi Gaskell says:

    They look some great ideas Paul. Incredibly beautiful pictures.

    One that is perhaps a little less beautiful, but maybe enjoyable nonetheless, is a trip to see the Paris-Roubaix bike race, which takes place on the 12th April.

    I suspect the area is a little less beautiful outside of race weekend though :)

  4. Nicolas says:

    I like those place. My favourite day trips from Paris is the Loire Valley.
    I also recommand Normandy and the City of Impressionists, Giverny, one hour from Paris.
    If you are a fan of Van Gogh try Auvers sur Oise where the artist spent his last days

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