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					Contents
Pg 1   The Essentials
Pg 1   The Itinerary
Pg 3   Day Trips Outisde Paris
Pg 4   Christopher’s Paris Restaurant Recommendations
Pg 5   The Chateau and Wedding HQ
Pg 5   Things to Do Near Ermenonviile
Pg 9   Back and Forth from the Airport to Paris
Pg 10 The Scoop on Les Taxis
Pg 10 Driving Directions to Chateau d’Ermenonville from Paris, Gare du Nord
      (Also directions to wedding church in Plailly from Paris)
Pg 11 Driving Directions to Chateau d’Ermenonville from Charles de Gaulle
      Airport – (Also directions to wedding church in Plailly from CDG)
Pg 12 Driving Directions from Ermenonville to Chantilly (Friday Night’s
      Dinner)
Pg 13 Driving Directions back to Chateau d’Ermenonville from Chateau
      Chantilly
Pg 13 Driving back and forth from Chateau d’Ermenonville to the church,
      Eglise Saint Martin in Plailly
Pg 14 Driving from Ermenonville back to Paris (Gare du Nord)
Pg 15 Driving from Ermenonville to Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) Airport
Pg 16 Trains back and forth from Paris to Ermenonville
Pg 17 Tips for Train Travel in France
Pg 17 Pay Phones/Cell Phones in France
Pg 18 Our Guests




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The Essentials
Our address:            2 Rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris (2nd Arrondissment)
                        Nearby metro stations Sentier, Les Halles)

Our mailing address:    67 rue Montorgueil, 75002 Paris FRANCE

Home phone number:      01.42.33.72.65 (drop the ‘0’ and begin with 011-33 if calling from U.S.)

Rich’s cell phone:      06.85.43.65.33 (drop the ‘0’ and begin with 011-33 if calling from U.S.)

Kristen’s cell phone:   06.83.18.34.10 (drop the ‘0’ and begin with 011-33 if calling from U.S.)


The Itinerary

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In addition to the September 18th main event, we will be hosting a few other gatherings. We will be in
Paris on Wednesday and Thursday, then head out to Ermenonville on Friday. (Ermenonville is located
about 45 minutes north of Paris, and 25 minutes from Roissy-CDG Airport.)

Everyone is welcome to join us at as many or as few events as they would like to attend. We'd love to
see you as much as possible, but don't feel obliged. We know there are many great things to see and do
in Paris and the rest of France. All we ask is as soon as your plans are set or if they change, just let us
know.

Wednesday, September 15
        We will have a civil ceremony at the local 'mairie', or town hall, at 3:30 p.m. (In France this
      formaility is a requirement. Before you can get married in the church, you first have to tie the
      knot at your local town hall.) This will take place at 8 Rue du la Banque in the 2nd
      arrondissement, a couple of blocks form our place. There are plenty of nearby metro stations
      including Bourse (line 3) and Les Halles (line 4, exit rue Rambuteau). Everyone is welcome, but
      the ceremony only lasts about 15 minutes, so come a few minutes early or you could miss it.

        Afterwards we will head back to our apartment at 2 Rue Bachaumont in the 2nd
      arrondissement for a casual evening of drinks and dinner starting around 5 pm. Again there are
      multiple metro stations nearby including Sentier (exit Petits Carreaux) and Les Halles (exit rue
      Rambuteau). There is a front door code that opens the exterior door, then in the entryway there is
      an interphone to allow you to be buzzed through a second door. The front door code is 4244B,
      and the interphone number is 4667. You will need both of these to get in. Finally you take an
      elevator to our apartment on the 6th floor. Assuming the weather cooperates we'll be out on the
      terrace, so a sweater or light jacket and drinking plenty of wine could come in handy.
Thursday, September 16
        During the day there is nothing planned. On Thursday evening we will be having a cocktail
      party and boat cruise on the Seine. The name of the boat is the Calife and we will have exclusive
      use for the evening. It is an old 'peniche' that the captain has beautifully refurbished. The boat
      will be available for boarding at 7 pm. and will be departing soon afterwards, so please be on
      time. The dock is located on the left bank (south bank) of the Seine in the 6th arrondissement,
      almost directly below the Pont des Arts bridge (a pedestrian bridge crossing the Seine between
      the Louvre and the Institut de France). The stairs going down to the waterfront are on the east
      side of the bridge. We should get back to the dock between 10:30-11:00 pm. However for those
      who need some time to get their land legs back, there will be another hour or so of on-board,
      dock-side imbibing.


Friday, September 17
        During the day we head out to Chateau d'Ermenonville, the site of our wedding reception and
      also our hotel for the next couple of nights. For those renting a car and looking for some moral
      support, some people will be forming a caravan from the Gare du Nord train station at 2 pm. We
      will meet in the car rental area in the lower level of the station; let us know if you plan on joining
      the group.

        Friday night everyone is welcome to join us at Chateau du Chantilly, which is about a thirty
      minute drive from Chateau d'Ermenonville. Unfortunately there is some renovation work
      (scaffolding) being done on one part of the chateau which detracts a bit, but it is still quite a
      place. For those staying in Ermenonville, we have arranged for a bus to transport people back and
      forth from the chateau. The bus will leave the hotel at 5:30 pm, and return after dinner. If you
      want to spend more time here and arrive earlier, be aware the chateau closes to the public at 6
      p.m. and the gardens at 7 pm. For those interested, we have arranged a 90-minute tour in english
      of certain areas of the chateau exterior, interior and art collections, starting at 6:30 pm If you
      prefer to tour the vast grounds on your own, there is plenty to see and you are welcome to do
      that, however to see the interior after 6pm you must be with a guide.

       Starting at 7:45 pm, there will be drinks for about an hour, at which point the dinner will start.
      Dinner and drinks will take place in the Capitainerie restaurant in the 17th-century vaulted



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         kitchens of the chateau. (Chateau Chantilly and its kitchens were depicted in a recent movie
         starring Gerard Depardieu, Uma Thurman and Tim Roth. The movie, Vatel, is about the chef of
         the same name who worked and lived at Chateau Chantilly in the 17th century, and recreates
         some of the extravagant parties that were hosted here. Legend has it that in addition to creating
         for the first time a famous french whipped cream called Chantilly, this perfectionist chef
         committed suicide when the fish he needed for a dinner for King Louis XIV failed to arrive on
         time.) If you are driving on your own and arrive before 7 pm there is a parking lot to the right of
         the chateau. After 7pm you can drive through the front gates and park directly in front of the
         chateau.
Saturday, September 18
           5 p.m. The wedding ceremony will take place at the village church in Plailly, about a 15
         minute drive from Chateau d'Ermenonville. The church is in the center of town with attached
         parking and is hard to miss. (more detailed directions)

           Afterwards, there will be champagne and cocktails back at the chateau, followed by dinner
         and dancing. Typically, French weddings go late into the night and who are we to question local
         tradition? So try to save some energy for Saturday night's festivities.
Sunday, September 19
           Depending on your schedule and your condition, everyone is welcome to join us for a late
         breakfast the following morning (any time between 10am-1pm). Of course the hotel will still be
         serving their normal breakfast for the early risers, those needing to catch a plane, or those just
         needing some time alone. Then it's back to Paris for the happy couple.

           For those of you that just can't get enough, some of us are getting together back in Paris for a
         small, casual survivors/stragglers dinner at our favorite steak/frites place on Sunday evening. It
         can get crowded and they don't take reservations. However if we all get there before 7:30, they
         promised to save a section for us. Let us know if you are interested as we need to give them a
         number a day or two in advance. The resaturant is called Relais de l'Entrecote and is located at 20
         rue St. Benoit in the 6th arrondissement. The nearest metro station is St. Germain-de-Pres (line
         4). A warning to the herbivores, they don't ask what you want, they ask how you want it as
         steak/frites is the only thing on the menu.

Day Trips Outside of Paris
There is plenty of stuff to do outside of Paris. Some of it can be done as a day trip, some of it needs a
bit more than a day. Here are some of the things we would recommend, with estimated travel times
from Paris. These are just the tip of the iceberg, so if you want more info or want to bounce some other
ideas off us, we're here to help.

Day Trips:
           Giverny - Home and gardens of Claude Monet. Where he painted the Japanese bridge and
            waterlily series. (1 hour by train + taxi)

           Versailles - Massive chateau of Louis XIV, 'L'etat, c'est moi.' Rich unsuccessfully tried to
            work that phrase into the wedding ceremony. (45 minutes by train)

A Bit Longer (but worth it):
           Burgundy - beautiful region with plenty of history, winemakers and great food. (3 hours
            by train, a bit more in a car)

           Champagne - rolling hills and vineyards, opportunities to visit the champagne houses, see
            how the bubbly is made, and most importantly taste the product. (a little over an hour by train,
            could theoretically be done as a day trip)

           Loire Valley - great area to visit with many beautiful chateaux, pretty countryside and also
            an underappreciated wine district. (about 3 hours by car)


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Christopher Back’s Paris Restaurant Recommendations
Our Friend and Discerning Diner Christopher Back Lists His Favorites on the Paris Dining Scene

"In French custom, it’s very bad manners to recommend something one has only heard about so if I
haven’t eaten there it’s not on my list."

Money No Object, but Worth It…
Guy Savoy ***
An elegant modern setting with some of the best food in Paris. Impeccable service that’s not stuffy. It’s
once in a lifetime expensive unless you’re on an expense account. 850+ for two with wine

Pré Catalan **
This is a delightful place for a long leisurely lunch. The restaurant is housed in a beautiful 19th century
home in the woods of the Bois de Bolougne. It’s like being a guest in the country house of your long-
lost haute borgeoise relatives. 800-1000 for four people with wine at lunch prix-fixe.

Les Ambassadeurs **
Located in the increasingly shabby yet chic Hotel Crillion, the dining room occupies a front row seat
on the Place Concorde facing Invalides. It’s a former palace of Louis XV and with all of the candlelight
one can understand how delightful all of that gilded boiserie really can be. The tables are far apart and
they do the pomp of a two star restaurant better than anyone. Once I was there so long that when the
candles on our very tall candleabra burned down, they were replaced with a second set to encourage us
to stay as long as we wanted.

The two places I have never been but only hear great things about are Laserre (Where the roof opens)
Classic French and around since forever and Arpege is the other. Although I am probably in the
minority, I was not impressed by Taillevent, L’Amboisie or Alain Ducasse. I found them to be
overpriced, touristy and disappointing. But that’s just me.

Now Beginning the Descent into Reality… Multiple Michelin Stars (but less expensive)

Lucas Carton ** 9, Place de la Madeline 8eme 01.42.65.22.90
Beautiful Art Nouveau décor and innovative French cuisine. Best to go for lunch and enjoy the
“businessmen’s special” a wonderful pre-fixe menu with several choices. 80-100€ each without wine

La Tour d’Argent * 17, Quai de la Tournelle 5eme 01.43.54.23.31
I have not personally been, but have friends who swear by the Sunday lunch here. At last check in 2002
it was 65€ per person pre-fixe with several choices. They can fax you the menu in advance if you like.
Wine not included

L’astrance * 4, rue Beethoven 16eme 01.40.50.84.40
One of the fastest Michelin starts in a long time this tiny temple to creativity and innovation in French
cooking earned its first star in its first year in business. Pre-fixe at 150€ for lunch or dinner includes
wine, but its well worth it. The only catch is that you must book 30 days or less in advance. Lunch is a
little easier.

Great Places That Aren’t Sooo Expensive

Restaurant Jules Verne – halfway up the Tour Eiffel 01.45.55.61.44
This is a great location for a fun and elegant lunch inside the girders and pulleys of the Eiffel Tower.
The pre-fixe is about 55€ for lunch without wine.

L’Angle du Faubourg 195, rue Du Faubourg St-Honore 8eme 01.40.74.20.20
This opened a coupe of years ago by the chef at Taillevent. Although Taillevent is not one of my
favorites, this chic bistro is. They have a Pre-fixe for 35€ (without wine)for lunch or dinner and it’s
always terrific. Their descriptions on the menu tend to be lackluster, even in French, but I am always
pleasantly surprised.



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La Regalade 49, Avenue Jean Moulin 14eme 01.45.45.68.58
In the 80’s this chef had been at les Ambassedeurs and decided to go out on his own. Not really
wanting to get into the whole celebrity chef thing, and the politics of earning Michelin stars he opted to
make terrific rustic meals at a fair price. Small and charming its about 25€ for the pre-fixe and worth
the trip to the 14th south of montparnasse and the cemetery. (Note: Recently the chef left, although
some say it is just as good.)

Bulldoug Rue Rambutau 2eme (between Blvd Sebastepol and rue des Temple (just east of the
Centre Pompedeu)
This charming and elegant café/bistro has consistly good service and food. Pre-Fixe around 30€ not
including wine

Les Petits Marseillais 72 r Vieille du Temple 3eme 01 42 78 91 59
This is always packed for the vaguely provencal inspired cuisine and charming ownership. 20-30€
euros

Restaurant Georges
Run by the Costes, this great space on top of the Centre Pompideu is wonderful if the weather is clear
and you can sit outside. I prefer late afternoon cocktails or champagne to dinner. If you snack, try the
“Le Tigre qui pleure” (Crying Tiger) its an Asian dish that’s delicious.

Café Marlys Musee du Louvre 1er
Also a Costes run restaurant this one is in the Louvre. I like to have a glass of champagne and the
crab/avocado timbale. It’s a great afternoon snack.

Le Restaurant - Maison de l’Amerique Latine 217, Blvd St Germaine 7eme. 01.49.54.75.10
If you are in Paris when the weather is warm enough to eat outdoors, you must try the dining room at
the “Maison de l’Amerique Latine”. It’s in the 6eme in an enormous Hotel Particular with a terrace
opening onto the gardens. It’s truly a hidden gem. You must call for reservations and confirm that the
terrasse is open. Its France, their idea of warm weather and ours is different and the terrasse is open less
than one would think.

Aux Trois Petits Cochons 31, rue Tiquetonne 2eme 01 42 33 39 69
Just off the hip and bustling rue Montorgeuil just north of Les Halles this is a fairly consistent
performer. Pre-Fixe of 27€ without wine.

Little Italy Cafe - 92 r Montorgueil 2eme and Trattoria - 13 r Rambuteau 4eme
If you want a break from French food, there are two locations for this outstanding casual Italian. There
is one on Montorgueil itself in the 2eme and another smaller and less noisy on Rue Rambeautau. More
like eating inside a charming Italian grocer. No reservations and expect to wait during peak hours, but
its worth it.

L’Ostrea 4, rue Sauval 75001 01.40.26.04.93
For good fish in a casual setting, I like this one just near Les Halles in the first. If you expect excellent
service, you won’t like it. It’s just a couple of grumpy old men running the place. One cooks and the
other serves. They make a mean Marseillais style fish soup when it’s in season. Not very expensive.

Le Belier 13, rue des Beaux-Arts, 75006 01.44.41.99.01
If you want to have coffee or a drink while you are antique hunting in the 6th and 7th, then le Belier
can’t be beat. Its just a block from the L’ecole de Beaux Arts and is in the restored Hotel where Oscar
Wilde passed away. L’Hotel. Its was decorated by Jacques Garcia in his typical Empire style and it’s a
delightful example of his work. Also open for lunch and dinner but have never been for a meal so can’t
recommend.

Le clos des Gourmets 16, Avenue Rapp 75007 01.45.51.75.61
This is a charming place for a terrific classic French pre-fixe meal for 35€ per person without wine. I
never liked the décor, it seems like the breakfast room in an English hotel, but the food is always
wonderful and an excellent value. You must make reservations a couple of days in advance. After
dinner, take a stroll up Avenue Rapp and after a block or so stop at the corner and look to your right.
You’ll see the Tour Eiffel looming above you. A little further up on the opposite side of the street at
number 29 is one of the greatest Art Nouveau buildings in Paris with a magnificent entry door.



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Villa Mauresque 5-7, rue du Commandant Riviere 8eme 01.42.25.16.69
A fun break from French food is Moraccan. This place has all of the typical ambiance, great tagines
and couscous.

Le Petit Prince de Paris 12, rue de Lanneau, 5eme 01.43.54.77.26
Good classic French food in a charming bustling ambiance. Worth the walk across to the left bank and
after dinner you can stroll around the corner to the Panthéon and L’église de Sainte Geneviève. If
you’re ambitious even a bit further to the Jardin du Luxembourg.

La Cigalle 11 bis, rue Chomel 7eme 01.45.48.87.87
This restaurant specializes in Souflées. You can have an entire meal of them, Starter main course and
dessert. The choices change monthly and there are usually specials. They’re fantasic and I’ve never
been disapointed.

Restaurant – La Rose de France 24, Place Dauphine Ile de la Cite 1er 01.43.54.10.12
This charming spot has friendly service and good food. Its in the most delightful little square in Paris.
The site of the original construction of Paris and built as it is today during the reign of Louis XIII. Built
in the same time and style as the Place des Vosges, just not as well restored. I’m partial since I lived
there at number 21. The other Restaurant Le Caveaux just opposite is also good. DO NOT try any of
the others inside the square, you’ll be sorry.

Boulangerie Poilâne 8, rue Cherche-midi 7eme
This is the most famous Boulangerie(Bread Bakery)in Paris. They operate this quaint little shop in the
7th but also have an enormous factory producing bread found all over the ile de France. Much like La
Brea Bakery in LA with their small shop next to Campanile and their factory in Monrovia or
somewhere. The beads are good and my favorites are the little butter cookies called “Sables’ which
means sand. They are sold by weight. The Chausson de Pomme is also very good. That is a rustic little
apple pastry.

For Lunch there is a sandwich bar next door with a 12€ pre-fixe including salade a tartine (open faced
toasted sandwich) on Poilaine bread and a glass of wine or bottled water. There is also a choice of
rustic desserts. When I was in school around the corner, I had lunch here as often as possible. Go early,
its packed by 1:05 but moves fast.

Relais de l'Entrecôte 15 r Marbeuf, 8eme and 20 Bis r St Benoît, 6eme
This is actually run by a Belgian company, but serves the absolutely best steak-Frites I’ve ever tasted.
There are imitators with similar names, but only these two are the real thing. There is nothing to order
except how you want you meat done. Their house red is great by the whole and half bottle and they
have a dynamite dessert list. My favorite is the vanilla ice cream filled chocolate profiteroles, with
incredible rich dark chocolat chaud poured all over them. No reservations and always a wait except if
you go early, like 8 or 8:30 or 12 12:30 for lunch.

A Few Other Pointers about Dining in Paris.

In a café or most average restaurants, fast efficient service is not a highly prized part of the experience.
So expect to have to wait more than you’re used too.

When you’re finished eating and are ready for the bill, you MUST ask for it. Its called l’Addition
pronouced “La Di Cee on” otherwise you will wait forever.

The phase to get a waiter’s attention is “S’il vous plait” pronounced “See Voo Play”. It literally means
“if you please” but works more like “excuse me”.

As for tipping, the waiters I knew in Paris love Americans and would fight to wait on them since we
always way overtip. If you have a meal in a café rounding up the bill to the nearest Euro is customary.
In most other nicer restaurants, unless the service was outstanding, or they were incredibly helpful one
or two Euro per person is fine.

Mealtimes are later too. Lunch is generally at 1pm and dinner at 9pm. If you’re worried that a
seemingly great place is empty, it’s probably the time of day. When it comes to reservations, this is an
advantage to Americans who generally eat earlier.




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Finally, unless you’re in a touristy neighborhood like the Champs-Elysées or Île St Louis, it’s very hard
not to have a good meal at any price.
Bon Appétit!!!

The Chateau and Wedding HQ
Chateau d'Ermenonville is a turreted 18th century castle about 45 minutes outside Paris. It is
surrounded by a moat and gardens, in addition to being the place where french author Jean-Jacques
Rousseau spent the final months of his life. It's also where we'll be staying Friday and Saturday night
and the setting for our wedding reception (and sorry Manu, despite one of the pictures on the chateau
web-site, unfortunately there will be no horse participation).

Things to Do Near Ermenonville
Ermenonville is a small town about 20 miles north of Paris located in the southern part of the Oise
region. Below we've put together a list of some things to do in the area. If you have any questions, the
chateau staff should also be able to help you out:

Less than 15 Minutes Away:
        Abbaye Royale de Chaalis - Less than 5 minutes from Chateau d'Ermenonville is this 18th
         century chateau situated next to some impressive ruins of a 13th century abbey. There is a
         museum in the chateau housing the vast collections of Nelie Jacquemart-Andre who owned
         the residence until her death in 1912. Included are the works of Giotto, Boucher and Houdon,
         in addition to many different styles of decorative art. As an added plus, similar to the
         Jacquemart-Andre museum in Paris, the works are displayed in sumptuous surroundings with
         the rooms kept as they were at the turn of the century.

        Walking and Biking in the Woods - There are beautifully wooded forests just minutes from
         Chateau d'Ermenonvile with plenty of paths for hiking and biking. The chateau staff can help
         pick a route and the pizzeria a couple of blocks from the chateau rents mountain bikes.

        Parc Jean-Jacques Rousseau – If you’re looking for a place for a nice, tranquil stroll through
         nature, directly across the street from the Chateau d'Ermenonville is a park dedicated to this
         18th century french philosopher. Rousseau lived in Ermenonville the last part of his life and
         the park reflects some of his ideas about nature. It is open Friday starting at 2:30 pm and you
         can wander around freely; there are also guided tours available in french. On Saturday and
         Sunday the park is open from 10am-12pm, and opens again at 2pm. Due to a special ‘French
         weekend of Patrimony’, on Saturday and Sunday there are only guided tours and only in
         French. There are written guides in English, so if you don’t speak French you can always tag
         along, read the written guide, and pretend like you’re listening. (Kristen thinks Rich has a
         tendency to do this at times.)

        Boat in the Moat - There are two small row boats behind the chateau that guests are welcome
         to use to navigate around the surrounding waters. (Unfortunately, Kristen vetoed Rich’s
         excellent idea of row boat races around the chateau between the two families.)

        Tourist Office - If you want some more ideas or a little bit of help, there is a small local
         tourist office just a few doors down from the chateau. If you take a right as you leave the
         chateau grounds it's on the right-hand side of the street. The office is open on Friday from
         14:00-17:30 and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:00. The phone number
         is 03.44.54.01.58.

A Bit Further Away - 15 to 45 minutes
        Chantilly - We're heading to the chateau of this town known for its whipped cream and lace
         for dinner on Friday evening (about 25 minutes from Ermenonville). But both the chateau and
         the town are worthy of a longer visit.




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        Our Equine Friends - Among other things, Chantilly is french horse country, the hot spot in
         France for horse racing, polo, horse breeding and even a living horse museum. On Friday the
         17th there is thoroughbred racing at the Chantilly racetrack starting around 1:15 pm (gates
         open at 12 noon). This could coordinate well with Friday night's dinner as the Chateau de
         Chantilly is just a short walk from the track. In addition, the world championships of polo are
         going on in Chantilly that weekend. If you're interestsed in either of these events, let us know
         or alernatively the Chateau d'Ermenonville can help with more details.

        Senlis - About 15 minutes from Ermenonville is this picturesque medieval town. There is a
         beautiful 12th century cathedral that towers over the remains of the Roman ramparts circling
         the city.

        Le Golf - There are two 18-hole golf courses in the area open to the public, both about 25
         minutes from Ermenonville. Apremont Golf Club (03.44.25.61.11) is the nicer and more
         difficult course while Dolce Golf Chantilly is an easier course and usually has more last
         minute tee-times. Both of them have rental clubs available and allow you to play nine holes if
         you prefer.

        Compiegne - This town 35 minutes north of Ermenonville is known for its chateau which has
         been inhabited by many French royalty including Joan of Arc, Louis XVI and Marie
         Antoinette. In slightly more recent history, the 1918 signing of the Armistice of World War I
         took place in a train coach car in the forest next to the town. Not coincidentally, Hitler had the
         exact same coach car used for the French surrender during World War II.

Other Stuff
        Young at Heart - If you've had enough of centuries old french chateaux, there is a new fake
         one at Disneyland (about 40 minutes away by car). The french version of an amusement park,
         called Parc Asterix is even closer (20 minutes). Just minutes away is the poor man's version,
         the Mer de Sable, which has a french interpretation of the American Old West (as cheesy as it
         sounds).

        Thirsty - For the ambitious, the Champagne region (Epernay and Reims) is about a 1.5 hour
         drive from Ermenonville. Most champagne makers provide free tours with the all-important
         tasting at the end.




Back and Forth from the Airport to Paris
I copied this info from the Fodor's web-site and tried to correct all the errors and add my two cents, but
I cannot guarantee 100% accuracy.

Paris has two major airports. Charles de Gaulle (CDG ) (PHONE: 01.48.62.22.80) also known as
Roissy, is 26 km (16 mi) northeast of Paris, and is mostly for international flights. A second airport,
Orly is 16 km (10 mi) south of the city, but in general is for domestic flights only.

Whether you take a car or bus to travel from Paris to the airport on your departure, you should allow an
extra half hour due to potential traffic tie-ups on the road to the airport as well as ones in the airports
proper (especially in peak seasons and at peak hours).

Transfers Between the Airport and Town From Charles de Gaulle/Roissy
By Bus: You don't need to have flown Air France to take their shuttle service to the city. It is a
comfortable passenger bus with someone to help you store the luggage in the lower section of the bus.
One line (Line 2) goes from the airport to Charles-de-Gaulle Étoile (Arc de Triomphe) and Porte
Maillot. It leaves every 15 minutes and costs 10 euro, which you can pay on board. Passengers arriving
in Terminal 1 need to take exit 34 on the arrival level; Terminal 2A and 2D, exit 5; Terminal 2B and
2C, exit 6, Terminal 2F, exit 0.07 on the arrival level. Another line (Line 4) goes to Montparnasse and
the Gare de Lyon from 7 AM to 9 PM. Buses run every 30 minutes and cost 11.50 euro. Passengers


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arriving in Terminal 1 need to look for exit 34; Terminal 2A and 2C need to take exit 2 in 2C; Terminal
2B and 2D, exit 1 in 2B; and Terminal 2F, exit 0.07 on the arrival level. For more information, contact
Air France Bus (PHONE: 0892-350-820 recorded information in English, www.cars-airfrance.com.

Roissybus, operated by the Paris Transit Authority, is a commuter bus that runs non-stop between
Charles de Gaulle and the Opéra Garnier every 15 minutes from 5:45 AM to 11 PM; the cost is 8.20
euro. The stop near the opera is at 9 rue Scribe. At the airport, look for the Roissybus signs. (web-site
in english)

By Shuttle: You can arrange a ride with Paris Airports Service or Airport Shuttle, and a bilingual
driver will be waiting with a minivan to drive you, and often a few other travelers, to your destination.
Rates are set in advance so there are no unpleasant surprises due to poor traffic conditions --
approximately 25 euro for one person and 17 euro per person for two or more people traveling
together, and can be prepaid by credit card. It is best to call, fax, or e-mail your request at least 24
hours in advance, noting your flight number, expected time of arrival, and your destination address in
Paris. Service is provided by:
Airport Connection www.airport-connection.com/
Airport Shuttle www.airportshuttle.fr.
Paris Airports Services www.parisairportservice.com.

By Taxi: Journey times for taxis, and as a consequence, prices, are unpredictable. At best, the journey
takes 30 minutes, but it can take as long as an hour. The average fare falls between 40 euro and 60
euro. There is also a supplement per piece of luggage. Not every taxi will take more than 3 passengers,
so you might have to ask more than one driver or wait in line for one of the mini-van taxis.

By Train: From the Charles de Gaulle airport, the least expensive way to get into Paris is on the RER-
B line, the suburban express train. Each terminal has an exit where the free RER shuttle bus (a white
and yellow bus with the letters ADP in gray) will pass every 7-15 minutes to take you on the short ride
to the nearby RER station. If you are in Terminal 2, you can also walk directly to the train station (5-20
minute walk depending on which 2 terminal you are in). Look for the signs that say 'RER Trains to
Paris. A train will depart every 15 minutes and they all stop in central Paris (Gare du Nord, Chatelet,
St. Michel, Luxembourg). The fare (including métro connection) is around 8 euro, and journey time is
about 30 minutes. The same ticket will allow you to transfer to the metro in Paris. The advantages are
the price, and it can be faster as you avoid any traffic getting into Paris. The disadvantages are if you
have heavy bags, it can be a hassle to get through the turnstiles, up and down the escalators, etc., and
the train may be crowded if you are traveling during rush hour. If your hotel is near one of the stops, it
can be quick, cheap and convenient. If you have to transfer to one or two metro trains to get to your
stop, the advantages quickly slip away.

The Scoop on Les Taxis
Taxis in Paris: To get a taxi, you can wave them down on the street. If the taxi is available, the white
'TAXI' light will be on. In addition there are taxi stands located throughout the city at train stations,
metro stations, busy intersections, etc. There are rules against taxis stopping to pick someone up near a
taxi stand, so if taxis with their white light on seem to be ignoring you, look around as you may be
close to a taxi stand. Most taxis will take a maximum of 3 passengers, although some will take a fourth.
The meter starts around 3 euros and the minimum fare is 5 euros. There is an extra charge for each
piece of luggage and a fourth passenger. Tipping is not required although many people leave 5-10%.

Taxis from the Airport: There is a taxi stand at all the terminals. Any of them will take you to Paris
and the fare should be around 50 euros. In general, 3 is the maximum number of passengers. So if you
are more than three you should ask in advance, or wait for one of the mini-van taxis to come to the
front of the line (occasionally a regular taxi will take 4 people).

Reserving Taxis in Paris in Advance: You can reserve a taxi in advance, or call to have a taxi come
to your hotel. The fare will be slightly higher as they will start the meter when they start the trip to pick
you up, not when they actually arrive at your hotel. For a taxi to the airport, we recommend reserving it
the night before. Normally your hotel can help you with this, otherwise you can call:
Taxi G7 (reservations in English): 01.47.39.47.39
Taxi Bleus: 08.25.16.10.10



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Alpha Taxis: 01.45.85.85.85
G7 MINIVAN Taxis: 01.47.39.01.39 (at peak hours 7 euro booking fee, other times nothing, but
guarantees a mini-van taxi for up to 5 people with baggage)

Taxis in Ermenonville: There are a few taxi companies in Ermenonville. As there are not many, it is
best to call them in advance. The chateau can help you with this, otherwise you can call:
Mr. Penel: 06.07.55.26.45
(Unsure of name): 06.07.24.66.12
Taxi Nanteuil: 06.24.66.05.61

Driving directions to Château d'Ermenonville from
Paris, Gare du Nord – (Also directions to wedding
church in Plailly from Paris)
Directions from Paris, Gare du Nord, to Chateau d'Ermenonville (Approximately 45-70
minutes by car, depending on traffic; if you are going to wedding church in Plailly, subtract
15 minutes ) If you are coming from another part of Paris, you can use these directions once
you get on the A1 highway toward Charles de Gaulle / Roissy Airport.

The rental car desks are located in the area with the Eurostar and 'Grandes Lignes'. When you
face the train tracks there are stairs located behind you and to the left. The rental car desks are
down these stairs in the lower level of the train station. Be wary of pickpockets in the train
stations.

The beginning is the tricky part. After the first couple turns it is easy, but try to get as detailed
directions as possible from the rental car place as to where your car will leave the parking
garage, and how to get on to Rue du Faubourg St. Denis from there. Also, if you are returning
the car to Gare du Nord, don't forget to ask exactly where to return the car and a map to find
the spot.

The word for exit in french is 'sortie', so follow the 'sortie' signs to get out of the underground
parking garage. Leaving the Hertz Gare du Nord garage, you will exit on to Rue Amboise
Pare. (There are blue street signs in Paris attached to the sides of buildings at the
intersections.) Exiting the garage you cannot go right (wrong way), you cannot go left (taxis
only), you will go straight. You need to go to the second light, which is a wide, busy street
called Rue Magenta. Take a slightly more than 90-degree left turn there (heading SouthEast).
Stay in the left hand lane and at the third street you want to take a 90 degree left turn on to
Rue Lafayette (heading NE). (There is more than one street here, so be careful to do a 90-
degree turn and get on Rue Lafayette.) Once again, after the turn stay on the left as you
will quickly take a soft left two streets later on to Rue du Faubourg St. Denis (now heading
N). These three left turns are the most important, after that it gets easier.

Once you are on Rue du Faubourg St. Denis, you go more or less straight to the A1 highway.
But a more detailed version is .... After a minute or so on Rue Faubourg St. Denis you will go
under a viaduct and continue straight. At this point the name of the street changes to Rue
Marx Dormoy. Continue straight and about 0.5 km later the name changes again to Rue de la
Chapelle. You will pass a Total and Shell gas station and can see a blue sign for Charles de
Gaulle airport. Continue straight about 1 km and you will reach a busy intersection with
entrances to the highway. To get on the highway you will continue straight and get on the
highway A1 toward the town Lille, Charles de Gaulle / Roissy Airport, St. Denis and Stade du
France..

Once you are on the A1 highway, it will be around 20 km to reach the airport. Continue on
the A1 highway toward Charles de Gaulle / Roissy Airport. When you reach the airport, don't
get off just stay on the A1 (toward Lille, Senlis). The exit for Ermenonville is the first one



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after the airport. However the exit is about 10 km after the airport, and you’ll pass a rest stop
before you reach it. The exit is number 7 and is marked 'Chantily, Ermenonville, Survilliers
..'. There is a tollbooth at the exit of 60 cents (it accepted my US credit card if you don't have
change). After you pay the toll you will reach a roundabout. Take the first right out of the
roundabout on the road toward St. Witz, Plailly, Mortefontaine, and Ermenonville (D10).

Soon you’ll hit a tiny round about and then another smaller round-about after 1 km where
there is a strip mall on the right. Continue straight through this roundabout. Continue on the
road and you will soon leave St. Witz. The road will curve downhill a bit and then you will
arrive at the town limits for Plailly. In the town of Plailly, the road will curve right, than
left. There will be a sign for D922 towards Ermenonville at the curve left. Take the D922
out of Plailly toward Ermenonville and Mortefontaine. (Note: If you are going directly to
the church from Paris, after the curve to the right, the church will be on the right hand
side of the road, just before the road curves back to the left. It is directly across from the
post office, ‘La Poste’.)

Follow D922 and after a few minutes you will pass quickly through the small town of
Mortefontaine. Continue to follow D922 towards Ermenonville. The road curves a bit but you
always stay on the same road. Eventually you will drive a few miles through a forest. After
the forest you will reach a round-about. Continue more or less straight through the round-
about, taking the road towards Ermenonville. 200 meters later you will see a sign and you will
turn right to go to the center of Ermenonville. 50 meters after the turn the road ends and there
is a stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign (there is also a road sign that says ‘Chateau’ that
points to the right). Follow that road around 200 meters and you will come upon the Chateau
d’Ermenonville on your left. There is parking in front of the chateau.

Driving directions to Château d'Ermenonville from
Charles de Gaulle Airport – (Also directions to
wedding church in Plailly from CDG)
Directions from CDG to Chateau d'Ermenonville (Approximately 30 minutes by car; if
you are going directly to wedding church in Plailly, subtract 15 minutes )

Exit the airport on to the A1 highway heading north toward Lille. The exit for Ermenonville is
the first one on A1 after you leave the airport. It is about 10 km north of the airport on the A1,
and you will pass a rest stop before you reach it. The exit is number 7 and is marked
'Chantily, Ermenonville, Survilliers ..'. There is a tollbooth at the exit of 60 cents (it accepted
my US credit card if you don't have change). After you pay the toll you will reach a round-
about. Take the first right out of the round-about on the road toward St. Witz, Plailly,
Mortefontaine, and Ermenonville (D10) You’ll hit a tiny round about and then another
smaller round-about after 1 km where there is a strip mall on the right. Continue straight
through this round-about. Continue on the road and you will soon leave St. Witz. The road
will curve downhill a bit and then you will arrive at the town limits for Plailly. In the town of
Plailly, the road will curve right, than left. There will be a sign for D922 towards
Ermenonville at the curve left. Take the D922 out of Plailly toward Ermenonville and
Mortefontaine. (Note: If you are going directly to the church from CDG, after the curve
to the right, the church will be on the right hand side of the road, just before the road
curves back to the left. It is directly across from the post office, ‘La Poste’.)

Follow D922 and after a few minutes you will pass quickly through the small town of
Mortefontaine. Continue to follow D922 towards Ermenonville. The road curves a bit but you
always stay on the same road. Eventually you will drive a few miles through a forest. After
the forest you will reach a round-about. Continue more or less straight through the round-
about, taking the road towards Ermenonville. 200 meters later you will see a sign and you will


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turn right to go to the center of Ermenonville. 50 meters after the turn the road ends and there
is a stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign (there is also a road sign that says ‘Chateau’ that
points to the right). Follow that road around 200 meters and you will come upon the Chateau
d’Ermenonville on your left. There is parking in front of the chateau.

Driving Directions from Ermenonville to Chantilly
(Friday Night's Dinner)
Take a right out of the chateau parking lot. Follow the road about 500 yards, around the curve
to the right, and past the 'boulangerie' on the left. At the end of this road, take a right on to the
larger busy road, N330. You will stay on this road for about 8 km. At this point you will reach
a roundabout. You want to go left at the roundabout on to D330 toward Senlis (do not
confuse with going straight on N330, which is also the direction toward A1, and the wrong
way). You will stay on the D330 toward Senlis for a little bit. After 3 km you will pass a
small stoplight, and then 1 km later a roundabout with a big statue of a deer in the middle.
Continue straight past the deer statue. About 200 meters later the road curves to the left and
then you go straight (there is a less busy road that veers off to the right at this point, do not
take it).

After the curve you will continue about 0.8 km and then reach a tricky interesection
with an obelisk in the middle of it. Take a right at the obelisk, then almost immediately
afterwards veer left. You will see a green sign toward Chantilly and D924, and you want
to follow that. So to repeat, turn right, veer left and you should see the green D924
Chantilly sign. (The most likely error is you will turn right and then not veer far enough
to the left afterwards.)

Once on D924 there will be a small stoplight 0.6km later and a brown Chantilly sign with
drawings of the attractions another 0.8 km after that. Continue on D924 and you will enter
Carteuil 1.4 km later and then leave it 0.8 after that. 1.4 km after you leave Carteuil you will
reach a roundabout. Continue straight toward Chantilly. About 0.7 km after that the road
curves right then left, but remains the same road to Chantilly. A few hundred meters after the
curves if you look toward the left you will see a nice view of the back of the Chateau
Chantilly, but only for a few seconds. About 1 km after the view you will reach a roundabout
with small wood signs for 'Creil' and 'St. Leiu'. This is not the best marked roundabout, but
this is where you want to take a left toward the chateau (after you turn left you finally see the
sign pointing in this direction for the chateau).

After turning left at the roundabout, you continue for 0.6 km until the road ends and you reach
a stop sign. Take a left at the stop sign and you will drive under a large stone arch and enter
the chateau grounds. Contiue on the now cobblestone road and you will soon see the chateau
on the left (the impressive Chantilly horse stables and racetrack will be on your right). If you
arrive before 7 pm there is parking to the right as you face the chateau. If you arrive after 7
pm, you can drive through the front gate and park directly in front of the chateau.

Directions back to Chateau d'Ermenonville from
Chateau Chantilly
Leaving Chateau Chantilly, you want to head down the cobblestone road toward the stone
arch (a right turn if you are leaving from within the chateau gates). After the arch you will
take a right at the first opportunity, D924. There will be a blue sign pointing that way for Lille
and a green one for Senlis. Take that road 0.6 km and then take a right at the roundabout,
direction Dolce Chantilly and Senlis D924. After that right hand turn, you stay on D924 for
2.5 km. At this point you reach a roundabout where you continue straight toward Senlis.
About 2.7 km later you reach the sign for the town limit of Senlis.


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About 2.2 km after the sign you will reach a tricky intersection with an obelisk. You will
go toward the obelisk, pass it on the right, and take a left turn immediately after passing
it. At this point look for a blue A1 sign which will be pointing in the right direction. After
the left turn around the obelisk the road curves right 0.5 km later and then curves right a
second time. About 0.5 km after the right hand curves you will reach another roundabout
intersection that will have a deer statue in the middle of it. Continue straight on the road (a
few seconds after you pass the deer statue you might see a small concrete sign on the left side
of the road that says "Mont Levegue 3, Nanteuil 19, N330A"). The road you are now on is
D330, and you will take it about 3.5 km until you reach a roundabout. At the roundabout take
the first right on to N330 Ermenonville. You will stay on N330 toward Ermenonville for 8.5
km when you will see a sign for the town limits of Ermenonville. You will take a left almost
immediately afterwards, following the signs to the center of Ermenonville. 50 meters after the
turn you will reach a stop sign where the road ends. Take a right at the stop sign and the
chateau is on the left-hand side about 200m further along this road after a curve to the left.

Driving back and forth from Chateau d'Ermenonvile
to the church, Eglise Saint Martin in Plailly
Directions from Chateau d’Ermenonville to the Eglise Saint Martin in Plailly (Ceremony
at 5pm) Approximately 15 minutes by car.

Take a right out of the chateau parking lot. Follow the road about 500 yards, around the curve
to the right, and past the 'boulangerie' on the left. At the end of this road, take a left on to the
larger busy road. Once on this larger road, you will soon pass a pizzeria on the right. You will
then enter a round-about. Continue more or less straight through the round-about, following
the signs to A1 (Paris) and Plailly. You will continue on this road, D922, driving through the
forest for about 3 km. Continue on D922 following the signs toward the A1 highway and
Mortefonatine/Plailly. A few kilomoters later you will quickly pass through the small town of
Mortefontaine. Just keep going straight and stay on D922. The road twists and turns a little
bit, but it is always the same road. A few minutes after Mortefontaine you reach the next
town, Plailly. After entering the town limits, continue to go straight, and quickly you will see
the church right in front of you in the center of town. (There is an attached parking lot). The
distance from the sign for Plailly and the church is 0.8 km. There is a blue sign for the A1
highway pointing right just in front of the church. Eglise Saint Martin is across the street from
the post office (‘La Poste’). Plailly is a small town and the church is in the center of it and
hard to miss.

Directions from the Eglise Saint Martin in Plailly to Chateau d’Ermenonville (the way
back) - Approximately 15 minutes by car.

There are two exits from the church. If you take the one that runs along side the church and
exits directly next to it with 'La Poste' right in front of you, you will turn left out of the
parking lot and you will see the sign for D922 and Ermenonville (more or less straight ahead).
If you take the other exit that runs perpendicular to the church, take a right out of the parking
lot and you will immediately see the sign for D933 and Ermenonville. (If you see a blue sign
for A1 Paris, you are going the wrong direction.) Once on D922, after a few minutes you will
pass quickly through the small town of Mortefontaine. Continue to follow D922 towards
Ermenonville. The road curves a bit but you always stay on the same road. Eventually you
will drive through about 3 km of forest. After the forest you will reach a round-about.
Continue more or less straight through the round-about, taking the road towards
Ermenonville. 200 meters later you should turn right to go to the center of Ermenonville. 50
meters after the turn the road ends and there is a stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign (there is
also a road sign that says ‘Chateau’ that points to the right). Follow that road around 200




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meters and you will come upon the Chateau d’Ermenonville on your left. There is parking in
front of the chateau.

Driving from Ermenonville back to Paris (Gare du
Nord)
(The first part of this is the same as going to the wedding church.)

Take a right out of the chateau parking lot. Follow the road about 500 yards, around the curve
to the right, and past the 'boulangerie' on the left. At the end of this road, take a left on to the
larger busy road. Once on this larger road, you will soon pass a pizzeria on the right. You will
then enter a round-about. Continue more or less straight through the round-about, following
the signs to A1 (Paris) and Plailly. You will continue on this road, D922, driving through the
forest for about 3 km. Continue on D922 following the signs toward the A1 highway and
Mortefonatine/Plailly. A few kilomoters later you will quickly pass through the small town of
Mortefontaine. Just keep going straight and stay on D922. The road twists and turns a little
bit, but it is always the same road. A few minutes after Mortefontaine you reach the next
town, Plailly. After entering the town limits, continue to go straight, and quickly you will see
the church right in front of you in the center of town. The distance from the sign for Plailly
and the church is 0.8 km.

Right in front of the church is a blue sign for the A1 highway, the one for Paris and the
airport. Follow the direction on the blue sign for 'A1' and turn right. About 0.2 km later look
for the blue A1 sign again where you will need to veer left. About 0.5 later you will see the
sign for leaving Plailly. About one km later, still on the same road, you will drive through St.
Witz. About 3 km after St. Witz you will reach two round-abouts. Pay attention at this
point. At the first round-about you want to go straight (toward Paris). The second
roundabout immediately afterwards you will want to go left. The sign you want to follow
will be a blue one for Paris. This is the entry for the A1 highway and there is a 60 cents
toll. (Be careful. If you go straight through the roundabout there is a green sign for
Paris. This will be the long slow route, so be sure to follow the blue Paris sign and go left
out of the round-about.)

After paying the toll to get on the A1 highway, there is a rest stop with a gas station almost
immediately afterwards. This could be a good place to fill up on gasoline before you return
the rental car. The gas station is called Total, so just follow the signs to Total. You will need
to stay on the A1 highway all the way to Paris, about 28 km. There will be a few instances
where the road splits with more than one way to Paris. You should always stay on A1, it will
also be marked 'Paris-Centre', and 'Pte de la Chapelle', and you will mostly stay to the
left. There is one last chance to get gas at a place called 'Carrefour' at a rest stop on the right
(about 22 km after you enter the A1 highway).

As you get closer to the city, continue to follow the 'Paris-Centre' sign. At a certain point the
sign becomes green instead of blue. Eventually you will go through a tunnel and soon after
you exit the tunnel you will get off the highway. The procedure to exit the highway is to
continue to follow 'Paris-Centre', 'Pte de la Chapelle' which becomes E19. For the final
exit there are three choices, and Paris-Centre will be the center exit and the one you want.
When you get off the highway you will arrive at a stoplight and be on Rue de la Chapelle.
This is a busy street and you will continue to go straight for about 1.5 km. The street name
will change to Rue Max Dormoy along the way.

When you reach the viaduct (the elevated train tracks for the metro), you want to take a
right on Boulevard de la Chapelle. Be careful at this point. You want to turn right at the
very last street before the viaduct. The street you take will run along the elevated tracks.
There is a second street just a tiny bit earlier called Rue de Jessaint that you do not


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want. Take the one along the elevated tracks. After the right turn you want to stay on
the left as you will turn left at the first opportunity about 200 meters later. This left turn
will take you under the tracks and on to Rue Mauberge.

Once on Rue Mauberge, one block later take a right on to Rue Ambroise Pare. Take Rue
Ambroise 2 blocks to the stoplight where you will reach a wide, busy street, Rue Magenta.
You are very close to the Hertz parking garage at this point. Take a left on to Rue Magenta
and stay to the left. The third intersection/third street on the left, you will take a left. There
are two choices and you want to take the sharp left turn, not the 90 degree turn. It is
called Boulevard Denain and goes to the front of Gare du Nord. After the turn you will see on
the right hand side of the street an entrance to an underground parking garage with a small
sign for Hertz, Avis, etc. After you enter the garage you need to take a ticket and follow the
signs for Hertz down to the -6 level. If that level is full just continue to -7. Bring the ticket
from the garage with your contract, note the mileage and where you parked the car. Then take
the elevator up to the Gare du Nord SNCF and the elevator should let you out right next to the
car rental office. If you are in the train station and having trouble finding the car rental, make
sure you are in the part for the 'Grandes Lignes' and Eurostar. When facing the tracks the
stairs down to the rental car desks will be behind you on the left.

To get a taxi back to your hotel, take the escalator back to the main train area, and the taxis
are located out the doors to the left as you face the train tracks. (If you are feeling adventurous
and light on bags there is also a Metro station in the train station.) I would also add, be aware
of pick-pockets in the station.

Driving from Ermenonville to Charles de Gaulle
(Roissy) Airport
(The first part of this is the same as going to the wedding church.)

Take a right out of the chateau parking lot. Follow the road about 500 yards, around the curve
to the right, and past the 'boulangerie' on the left. At the end of this road, take a left on to the
larger busy road. Once on this larger road, you will soon pass a pizzeria on the right. You will
then enter a round-about. Continue more or less straight through the round-about, following
the signs to A1 (Paris) and Plailly. You will continue on this road, D922, driving through the
forest for about 3 km. Continue on D922 following the signs toward the A1 highway and
Mortefonatine/Plailly. A few kilomoters later you will quickly pass through the small town of
Mortefontaine. Just keep going straight and stay on D922. The road twists and turns a little
bit, but it is always the same road. A few minutes after Mortefontaine you reach the next
town, Plailly. After entering the town limits, continue to go straight, and quickly you will see
the church right in front of you in the center of town. (There is an attached parking lot). The
distance from the sign for Plailly and the church is 0.8 km. There is a blue sign for the A1
highway pointing right just in front of the church.

At the church, follow the blue sign for 'A1' and turn right. About 0.2 km look for the blue A1
sign again where you will need to veer left. About 0.5 later you will see the sign for leaving
Plailly. About one km later, still on the same road, you will drive through St. Witz. About 3
km after St. Witz you will reach two round-abouts. Pay attention at this point. At the first
round-about you want to go straight (toward Paris). The second roundabout
immediately afterwards you will want to go left. The sign you want to follow will be a
blue one for Paris. This is the entry for the A1 highway and there is a 60 cents toll. (Be
careful. If you go straight through the roundabout there is a green sign for Paris. This
will be the long slow route, so be sure to follow the blue Paris sign and go left out of the
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After paying the toll to get on the A1 highway, there is a rest stop with a gas station almost
immediately afterwards. This could be a good place to fill up on gasoline before you return
the rental car. The gas station is called Total, so just follow the signs to Total. If you are going
to the airport, it will be one of the first exits, about 6km after you get on the A1 highway. The
directions to the Hertz rental car return is well marked, and it is located in the middle of the
terminal 2. If you are flying on United you will have to go to Terminal 1, so allow a little
extra time to take a shuttle bus from the rental return to Terminal 1. American, Delta and Air
France are in Terminal 2 so the time from rental return to terminal will be a little shorter.

Trains to Château d'Ermenonville from Paris (and
back)
Trains from central Paris to Ermenonville - Trains for Ermenonville leave Paris from the station
Gare du Nord on the north side of town. The stop closest to Ermenonville is called Plessis Belleville,
and is about 30-40 minutes from Paris. There is no need to reserve in advance, just leave yourself some
time to buy your ticket at the station. The price should be around 7 euro each way. Before you get on
the train there is an orange machine at the beginning of the platform. You should put your ticket in the
machine and time stamp it before you get on the train (exact time is not important, any time close to
train departure is fine). The seats are not reserved, so you can sit pretty much anywhere.

From the Plessis Belleville train station, it is a 6-kilometer taxi ride to the Chateau d'Ermenonville
(approx 10 euros/10-15 minutes). The choices for taxis near Ermenonville are:
Mr. Penel: 06.07.55.26.45
(Unsure of name): 06.07.24.66.12
Taxi Nanteuil: 06.24.66.05.61
It is recommended you call them to let them know in advance and they will meet you at the train.

On Friday the train schedule is:
12:13 depart Paris - 12:49 arrive Plessis Belleville
14:48 depart Paris - 15:16 arrive Plessis Belleville
16:13 depart Paris - 16:42 arrive Plessis Belleville
16:45 depart Paris - 17:21 arrive Plessis Belleville
17:15 depart Paris - 17:50 arrive Plessis Belleville
17:31 depart Paris - 18:00 arrive Plessis Belleville

For Saturday there are fewer trains:
12:13 depart Paris - 12:49 arrive Plessis Belleville
14:48 depart Paris - 15:18 arrive Plessis Belleville
18:21 depart Paris - 18:57 arrive Plessis Belleville

On Sunday for the return to Paris - Gare du Nord, the choices are:
10:57 depart Plessis Belleville- 11:34 arrive Paris
13:50 depart Plessis Belleville- 14:20 arrive Paris
17:21 depart Plessis Belleville- 17:53 arrive Paris
18:48 depart Plessis Belleville- 19:43 arrive Paris

Tips for Train Travel in France
The big picture

SNCF is the nationally run train system in France, which includes suburban lines as well as the
"Grandes Lignes" for longer trips. The Grandes Lignes will take you all over the country in either
ordinary trains or the high-speed TGV ("trains de grand vitesse": trains of high speed). For those of you
who are new to train travel in Europe, forget every bad experience that you've had on Amtrak: The
TGV is remarkably efficient and almost always on-time.

Reservations




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The SNCF website is not the easiest thing to manage (although they do have an English version), and
it's important to make sure that you purchase a reservation as well as a ticket when traveling by TGV.
The ticket gets you on the train, but the reservation gives you a specific seat; if you don't have a
reservation, you could spend the whole trip standing. Reserved seats are assigned by two numbers: the
number of the car (voiture) and the number of the seat (place). Reserved seats are marked with a little
yellow ticket above the seat.

Finding your train

Every train station has a board and/or tv screen with arrivals (arrivés) and departures (départures).
When the train is ready for boarding, the track (voie) is updated on the board.

Compost your ticket

You need to compost, or cancel, your ticket immediately before you get on the train. This stamps your
ticket with the date and time and puts a little notch in it. Your ticket may or may not be checked by a
conductor during your trip, but if the ticket is not composted when he/she checks it, you'll face a stiff
fine. You will see orange metal boxes shaped something like small mail boxes at the entrance to train
platforms. Place your ticket in the slot in the box until you hear it stamp the ticket with a heavy clunk.
If you don't hear it stamp your ticket, keep turning the ticket around until you do hear it stamp the
ticket.

First class or second class?

The main difference between first and second class seating on the TGV is that in first class you have
two seats on one side of the aisle and one seat on the other side. In second class you have two seats on
each side of the aisle. First class tends to be a bit quieter. That said, both classes are comfortable, and
we often travel second class, it's fine.

Pay Phones/Cell Phones in France
Phone numbers in France are 10 digits starting with ‘0’. If you are calling a number in France from the
U.S. you drop the ‘0’ and add ‘01133’. If you are trying to call the U.S. from France, start with ‘00’
then ‘1-xxx-xxx-xxxx’.

To use the many pay phones in France you need to have a phone card. They are available at any
‘Tabac’ which is a store that sells, cigarettes, stamps, phone cards, etc. If you want to buy one at the
aorport when you arrive, they sell them at the ‘Relais’ newsstand in the airport. The cards cost about 5
or 10 euros, depending on how many calling units you buy.

We have had a few people asking about using cell phones in Paris. In general I do not think it is
necessary as there are plenty of pay phones and you’re on vacation! If you need an emergency contact
number, you can always use our cell phone numbers (see first page). But if you insist…

Unfortunately the system in Europe (GSM) is different than the one in the U.S. However, more and
more phones are multi-band, meaning they support the GSM system. If you have a GSM phone, you
should call your carrier and ask if it will work overseas (often you will have to ask them to activate that
option). Here is a link to a recent article on the subject (link) .

A second choice is to rent a phone either before you leave or after you arrive. I have never done it,
although I have heard it is expensive, with a daily minimum minute charge, whether you use them or
not. Here is a link to a company I found on the web. (link)

A third choice is one that I think is very good and perfect for someone who just wants to be reachable,
but does not plan on making many calls. You can buy a phone that works on a pre-paid minutes plan,
and just buy as many minutes as you need. The cheapest one we found is 49 euros and includes 15
minutes of talk time. In Europe incoming calls on cell phones are free (the person placing the call pays
the cell phone premium), so you can talk as long as you want on an incoming call without using your
minutes. You can buy additional minutes at any 'Tabac' (small stores selling cigarettes, stamps, phone
cards, etc., located throughout the city). International calls will use the minutes faster than local calls,
so you should buy more than the 15 minutes included in the package if you plan on calling the US.



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We found the 49 euro phone at Darty, which is an electronics chain with a location close to our
apartment and most of the hotels where people are staying. There is a Darty in the Les Halles shopping
center in the center of Paris (your hotel can give you directions). All you need to buy the phone is your
passport or drivers license. Let us know if you need any more info or help.


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