|Subject: Re: Priceline room in Europe/now daytrips to Paris|
I second the recommendation for Giverny and Chartres as daytrips, though the former depends largely on the time of year. Monet's garden in Giverny is really best visited during the warmer months so one can have the pleasure of viewing the plantings in bloom. By contrast, Chartres offers the opportunity to visit throughout the year. While there, an absolute must is Malcolm Miller's lecture (not tour) at Chartres cathedral. Do check Mr. Miller's schedule though I recall he used to have 12 noon and 3 p.m. as his starting times and they run for an hour or so. At the end, he will mention a small fee, which is a pittance compared to the pleasure of hearing him gush about the nuances of the cathedral. While in Chartres, you may also want to visit La Maison Picassiette, a house and surroundings almost totally covered in broken china. No one lives there, but it is unique and worth stopping by since it's probably only a few minutes from the center of town.
While in Paris, one of the most recent well worth visiting places is La Musee de Musique. It's an outstanding, quite modern museum with a collection of more than 4,000 musical instruments, a quarter of which are typically on display at any given time. If you have any interest in music, don't miss it. The museum is in the northeastern part of the city (the 19th, I believe), in the area where the slaughterhouses used to be many years ago. The entire area has been redeveloped and is very well done.
Russell from Connecticut