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L'incontournable N°53

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A royal weekend

in Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Near Paris and easily accessible with the RER A, direction

Saint-Germain-en-Laye. A city of history and culture, its

castle was the birthplace of kings and queens, including

the illustrious Louis XIV. Having been transformed into a

museum of national antiquities, the building is now a national

museum of archaeology and houses the famous Venus

of Brassempouy or "Dame à la capuche" (Lady with the

Hood) the most famous work of prehistoric art.

Its 40-hectare estate, classified as a "Jardin remarquable"

adjoins the former royal forest of Saint-Germain. It was first

converted into French-style gardens by André Le Nôtre,

and includes the famous Grande Terrasse, which spans

over 2 km and offers a unique view of the Seine, La Défense

and Mont Valérien.

The surrounding 3,500-hectare forest offers numerous

opportunities for walking, cycling or horseback riding. It is

home to many stories related to royalty and hunting, including

the historic hunting lodges and the Sentier des Oratoires

(Path of the Oratories).

The city centre of Saint-Germain-en-Laye can boast of

being the largest open-air shopping centre in the Yvelines.

Many lovely shops are located in the city's old streets, including

many patisseries and bakeries. Let yourself be tempted

by local specialties such as Saint-Germain cake or the

Claude Debussy.

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