Day Trips from Paris

January 30, 2017

Travel Style BloggerAudrey Hepburn once said Paris is always a good idea, and I couldn’t agree more. Travelling to this beautiful city is never bad, even in the coldest month of the year. The beautiful architecture, delectable food and fashion are all things that can make any heart flutter. I can almost feel the confidence in the steps of the most stylish as they stride by while people watching seated at a café with a hot cappuccino and pastry.

My first visit to Paris started late in my life, about 10 years ago. It was then that I had my first dessert crepe on the street outside of North America. It was also when I made my first Alexander McQueen purchases, and to this day, I still have possession of the them. My best memories are related to food, architecture and fashion. I’d always wanted to travel to the South of France, drive along the coast, get to some beautiful wineries and see more. If you desire to see a little more of France outside of Paris, I’ve included a list of fantastic day trips that are worth travelling for.

This little normandy village is bursting with beautiful floral landscaping. Here, you can visit infamous impressionist painter, Claude Monet’s home where he often sat and was inspired by his beautiful garden that had a Japanese inspired bridge and lily pond.

This city is perfect for the history buff and those who appreciate great views and landscapes. This is located in Northern France. Based on Rail Europe, “You can either travel into Caen or Bayeux. Both cities are also within easy reach of each other, and each offers its own historical bounty. From Paris (St. Lazare train station) to Caen is 1hour, 47minutes, and Bayeux is 2 hours, 4 minutes on board the Intercities trains.”

If you love a celebratory sparkly drink and architectural history, Reims is the place to visit. The birthplace of Champagne, Reims has some of the most beautiful historic buildings, including cathedral of Notre-Dame de Reims, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A perfect place for champagne tastings and purchases of a couple of bottles to bring home, you can be sure you won’t be short of good food, architecture and sparkly beverages here. Travel from Paris to Reims by train can be as short as 40 minutes, or as long as about 1.5 hours.

Loire Valley
If you are more of a wine lover, and seeking out a day trip for wine tastings, visit Loire Valley where you’ll get a wide range of wines. While you’re there, visit Chateau de Villandry. It is so beautiful, you’d think you were walking into a fairytale.

If you don’t live in the US or more of a foreign traveller, you might not be close to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida or Anaheim, California. On my last trip years ago with family, we planned on going with my niece, but never checked that one off the list. I’ve only been to the one in Tokyo a few times, but if you’re a child deep down, it’s worth visiting. A local train in Paris will take you there within the hour.

Château de Versailles
The Château de Versailles (Palace of Versaille) is famous for its grand size, architecture and place in monarchy. The interiors are incredibly opulent and the garden grounds are enormous. Here, you can also visit Marie Antoinette’s quarters. It is definitely worth the day trip. If you really want to see the palace, reserve the entire day. The grounds are gorgeous and picturesque, so bring your camera and make sure it’s fully charged this day. It’s less than 1 hour from the centre of Paris. Directions available here.

Palace of VersaillesChateau de VersaillesChateau de Versailles JardinFountain at VersaillesPink Faux FurZara Pink Check Coat Fashion Style BlogZara Pink Check CoatDay Trips from ParisTravel Fashion BlogOn my first visit to Paris a decade ago, I visited the Chateau de Versailles and remembered the opulence of each room filled with velvet curtains, paintings and plenty of gold crown moulding and gold detailing all over the palace. I didn’t know how opulent a palace could be until I visit this space way back in the day. For this trip, I returned with Tom. The grounds are immensely large and the weather was frosty, so we only spent a few hours outside strolling the gardens. On this day, I wore a red check coat with a pink removeable fur collar over a leather jacket. The shoulders are a bit small on a XS, so I went up to size M so I could layer when it’s cold, as it was in Paris. I also love these flat studded boots. They are about 1/2 size smaller than the usual true to size, so if you’re usually 38 or 38.5, take a 39. I walked around them all day and had no problems or feet soreness. Finally, I wore this Gucci bag I travel with the most, since it comes with a removeable shoulder strap and fits my camera.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you been to Paris? If you’re headed to Paris soon, or have been on a great day trip outside of Paris, I’d love to know where in the comments below!

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  • Reply Mariann yip January 30, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I’ve been to Paris twice in my life and the last time was last February. I didn’t explore the cities you mentioned except for Versailles. Paris is a place that I will definitely return and will try to check out the cities you mentioned!

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Paris is just incredible. Hope you return soon! Thanks Mariann!


  • Reply Laura - Furiously Chic January 30, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Even though my country is right next to France, I’ve never been to Paris. I travelled to a few different cities in the country but never Paris. 😉
    The Château de Versailles is gorgeous during the cold weather! <3

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Omigosh, you must go! It’s practically calling you. 🙂 I hope you visit soon!

  • Reply Marcy January 30, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Wow babe love this pictures from París! Is one of my fav cities to visit and yes its always a great idea. After a parisian trip I always come so inspirired.

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks Marcy! France is just beautiful. So picturesque.

  • Reply Jordan January 31, 2017 at 7:25 am

    I’ve been to Paris quite a few times now and I can’t second these day trips more, especially Versailles! It’s so good when you go to Versailles early and there aren’t that many people in line so people don’t get in your photos!! Love this post!
    Jordan xx

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Yes, going early is the only way to get some decent photos. lol Thanks Jordan!

  • Reply gracie January 31, 2017 at 11:16 am

    I have never been to Paris but am going in the spring. I am thrilled to read your post because now I am more excited ! Your pictures are amazing too !
    xx, gracie

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Oh, I’m so excited for you! Have an amazing time!!

  • Reply Kusum January 31, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I have been to Paris and it has to be one of the most romantic cities ever! But haven’t been to the other cities, definitely next time. Beautiful pictures babe.

    xx, Kusum |

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      It realy is very romantic, and so beautiful. Always leave something to go back to right? 🙂

  • Reply Sharon Wu January 31, 2017 at 11:38 am

    You are so lucky you got to go to Paris! I really want to go one day soon. Your photos look splendid babe. Let’s get together soon and you can tell me all about it! xo, sharon

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks! I hope you go for a visit soon. You know me. I can’t stay in one place for long. I get restless. lol Now I’m back, so yes, we must get together soon!

  • Reply Laura January 31, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Paris is a beautiful place and great to absorb both beautiful scenery and wonderful fashion!

    You look gorgeous.

    Laura xo

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      France is just incredible. So much good food, art, architecture and fantastic style and fashion. 🙂

  • Reply Samantha Mariko January 31, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    This red coat really caught my attention when I saw it on your Instagram! it’s so cute and the perfect choice for your Paris trip! I’ll be visiting Paris for the first time this summer and I’m just so excited hehe

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks! You can’t go wrong in Paris. Every shot is beautiful. lol So excited for you! Have a great time!

  • Reply Stephanie January 31, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Paris has been my dream for as long as I can remember. I have photos of the Eiffel Tower all over my room. It’s just so beautiful, and I hope to see it in the spring one day! I especially would love to visit the Chateau de Versailles! These photos are so stunning!

    Stephanie //

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Omigosh, I hope you visit soon! Such a fantastic city and country to visit!!

  • Reply MJ Junior January 31, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Love your jacket!

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm


  • Reply Susanne - Bag at you January 31, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    You look so happy!! Haha but I guess you are in Paris with the man of your dreams, how romantic?! I also remember the first time I visited Versailles, so magical and incredible beautiful! I didn’t look as good as you do though..! Love your coat and boots! Xx Susanne –

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      So happy! I had an amazing time, and it’s so nice to return with someone you love. 🙂

  • Reply Amber Shannon January 31, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    These are amazing photos! And your coat is so fab! You look so elegant!!

    All the Cute

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks Amber!

  • Reply Jenn Hanft January 31, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Ahhh omg I’ve visited Paris several years ago and I’d love to go back!! I definitely didn’t have the opportunity to explore so I’d love to check out all of the places you listed. Seeing some pictures are truly breathtaking! I also love your jacket!! Red is such a perfect color for Paris. I don’t know why but it is! Maybe because of “the city of love” 😛 and omg haha there’s a Disney Land in Paris?! I did not know that. I’d love to visit soon!!

    XO Jenn

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      Yes, Paris, France is always a place to return to. Yeah, there’s Disney there. lol I wouldn’t understand much of what Mickey would be saying though. lol Thanks Jenn! I hope you return soon!

  • Reply Kit January 31, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    These are such gorgeous photos! I hope to visit Paris one day! xx


    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      Me, too. 🙂 And I want to return already. Thanks so much!

  • Reply Amy Arnold January 31, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    That coat is amazing!! If I ever make it Paris, I will keep these in mind.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks Amy!

  • Reply Atsuna Matsui February 1, 2017 at 12:19 am

    The photos from Paris look so amazing. I can definitely see why it is a romantic city! I definitely hope to visit here some day with my boyfriend. It’s definitely on my bucket list.

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks Atsuna! I hope you visit soon. 🙂

  • Reply Tina February 1, 2017 at 12:22 am

    I am so in awe with Paris. I still have never been but it’s definitely on the list! I love your coat btw!


    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks so much. I honestly had to hunt this coat down. lol

  • Reply Josie February 1, 2017 at 12:28 am

    I’ve been to Paris but it was such a long time ago… 16 years ago to be exact ( omg ) ! I can’t wait to go back though! It’s such a vibrant city! Château de Versailles is so opulent and gorgeous in every way! Love the photos you took there!

    Bisous, Josie

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      It always feels so new again when you haven’t been to a city for a long time! I hope you go back soon! 🙂

  • Reply Imogen February 1, 2017 at 2:27 am

    I’m so stunned, these photos are incredible and you’re so beautiful! This all makes me miss Paris so so much – I need to go back!

    Amazing post xx

    Imogen /

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks! I miss Paris every week! lol I hope you visit again soon!

  • Reply The Fashion Folks February 1, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Versaille is just the dream!! I’ve been there twice but would love to visit again, it’s just so stunning with the castle and the garden! Xx

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Such a great place, right? 🙂 I hope you return soon.

  • Reply tais February 1, 2017 at 6:17 am

    wow, this outfit is perfection!

    Love your pictures.


    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks Tais!

  • Reply Vanessa February 1, 2017 at 8:29 am

    This post wants me to go back to Paris NOW! Love that you got to travel around Paris! We’re planning to go back once Baby #2 is born!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks Vanessa! It’ll be so fun with the family!

  • Reply Amy February 1, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I am very jealous of your travels!!!! Going to Paris this summer and it cannot come soon enough. These are great daytrip ideas that I will defnitely be bookmarking. Love your outfit as well babe : )

    xx, Amy

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      You’ll have an amazing time. I am thinking of returning before the end of the year one more time, too. I already miss it and 1 week is always a short trip for me. Can’t wait to see your photos!

  • Reply Jessi Malay February 1, 2017 at 10:25 am

    Beautiful travel photos babe 🙂 This post makes me miss Paris so much!! Truly one of the most beautiful cities in the world and that’s how you captured it <3

    XOXO, Jessi

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      I agree – France is just pretty! Thanks Jessi!

  • Reply Meri Wild February 1, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Awesome look and photos! <3

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks Meri!

  • Reply Candace February 1, 2017 at 11:06 am

    So many fun things to do in Paris on this list! It’s been on my bucket list for a while, and this list gives me a great idea on where to start 🙂 That coat is gorgeous that you’re wearing <3

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks so much Candace!

  • Reply Remi Sabbah February 1, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    J’ adore Paris! Thanks for sharing the list darling! And you look stunning!
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    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks Remi!

  • Reply The Dress Sense February 1, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm


  • Reply Yasmin February 1, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Adore that coat and the fur collar on you! I haven’t been to Paris since I was 9. Way too long! And I passed up a chance to go to Versailles. As a kid I guess I didn’t appreciate those types of things as much. But I definitely want to go again one day soon. People always recommend Euro Disney so it must be extra special over there! Thanks for the recommendations.

    xx Yasmin

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      Me neither. I think when I was younger, I cared about different things and as I’m older, I appreciate the things I took for granted so much more! Thanks Yasmin!

  • Reply Margaret February 1, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    omg the scenery is sooooo romantic!!!! Thanks for the suggestion! (but first, I have get a driving license,…..ahhaha)

    xx Margaret

    • Reply miki February 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks Margaret. Haha. I didn’t drive there. You can take metro if you don’t get a rental. 🙂 Enjoy your week!

  • Reply MyStylishCorner February 2, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Love your look dear and the photos are incredible!!

  • Reply Neha February 2, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Wow…amazingly beautiful photos luv…xx, Neha

  • Reply Helen Chik February 2, 2017 at 4:43 am

    These pictures are seriously making me miss Paris so much! Everything just looks so beautiful in the city and it looks like you had an amazing time hon!

    Helen xx

  • Reply yuka February 2, 2017 at 9:10 am

    I’ve never been to Paris but have always wanted to, these photos are convincing me even more!

  • Reply Christine Kong February 2, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Oh how I love Paris! I’ve only been twice but everytime you fall in love with the city even more. These photos are so gorgeous and make me want to go back there soon. How majestic is the Palace of Versailles?! Even though I have been to Paris twice, I haven’t been to Normandy or the sites you mentioned. I definitely need to go back and explore more of Paris and the entire country! xoxo, Christine

  • Reply Lola February 2, 2017 at 10:01 am

    You look great!

  • Reply Lola February 2, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Gosh, Paris is just amazing..Versailles also. I dream of seeing Versailles and take pictures there more than seeing Paris! It’s amazing what they were capable of creating, that architecture from back then..simply amazing!

    PS. I love your coat! So colorful and fun! 😀

  • Reply Bernice February 2, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Amazing Parisian locations! I’m so jealous of these amazing pictures, and the experiences that must’ve come with it! I can’t wait to return to Paris to visit these places too XX

  • Reply Keri February 2, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    What a beautiful place <3
    And love your coat, babe! SO cute

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Reply camille February 3, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    You’re so lucky with that weather!! When I went to Versailles it was pouring rain!!!! 🙁 Beautiful look though, glad you enjoyed

  • Reply Thomas February 5, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Oh sweetie. Reading this on a gloomy and gray Sunday made me so happy. I love Paris so much and although it’s only been two months since I last was there and I’ll be there in June again, seeing these pictures made me so happy. If there is one thing I love, it’s Versailles. That is the most beautiful building in the world and with all history associated to it (Marie Antoinette anyone?) it’s just a place that makes your imagination go wild! I actually have been to both Disney World in Florida and Disney Land in Anaheim, but have never made it to EuroDisney (as it was called back in the days it opened, yup, I’m that old, haha).

  • Reply Deddeh Howard February 5, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    One of my best visit in Paris!. So beautiful and I hope you had the best time.

  • Reply Carolyn February 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Paris is always a good idea! Love your coat and bag too!

  • Reply francesca February 7, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I just love versailles!!! I go every single time I go to Paris. It’s like walking back into the past! Love your cute outfit
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  • Reply Ashleigh D'Mello February 7, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    This coat is stunning babe! And love the location you shot this so much. I’m heading to Paris for the first time in a few months, so these recommendations are perfect!

    Ashleigh x

  • Reply Kumari February 8, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Stunning pics. Love Versailles. Makes me want to book my flights already!

  • Reply rachel vogt February 8, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Oh i miss Paris. Versaile is absolutely amazing, can’t say enough good thing about it.
    xoxo, Rachel

  • Reply Face to Curls February 15, 2017 at 9:36 am

    I have never been to Paris but it’s a place I’ve long waiting to visit. Hopefully by next year I’ll get to visit. Your coat and boots are stunning Hun! Such amazing photos from Paris. xx

    Ann-Marie |

  • Reply Chloe February 17, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Wow! Paris sounds amazing! Soooo want to visit one day! Really love your coat btw! I’ve always wanted a fluffy collar! 🙂

    xo, Chloe //

  • Reply theEditorsNotebook February 18, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Visited Versailles quite a while ago, actually forgot just how stunning it is, so yes PAris is always a good idea. Beautiful outfit btw.
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