Photos: 4 Day Trips From Paris

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The lovely little town of Giverny looks almost as if it were frozen in time.
There are no original Claude Monet paintings at Giverny, but fans come here to see his collection of more than 200 Japanese estampes (woodblock prints) and to commune with the "living art" that inspired Monet's Waterlilies series of paintings.
The tranquil water gardens at Giverny, framed by wildflowers and traversed by a Japanese footbridge, were built by Monet himself and provided the inspiration for his most famous Impressionist works.
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Monet's home in Giverny is open to visitors and includes a backyard henhouse that helped to sustain his family of 10.
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Place Drouet d'Erlon in the city of Reims, which is famous for both coronations and Champagne.
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Reims and the surrounding countryside where Champagne is cultivated.
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Twenty-six French monarchs have been crowned at the Cathédrale de Reims, and the hundreds of statues contained within the Gothic masterpiece present a wonderful crash course in French history.
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Stop at the Pommery Champagne house to get a clear explanation of production methods, a glimpse at the chalk caves that now host art exhibitions, and a tasty coupe at the end of the one-hour tour.
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A rose window in the nave of the Cathédrale de Reims.
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The opulent Château de Versailles, which brought glory to the "Sun King" Louis XIV and bankruptcy to the French state, still has the power to command respect and awe.
The gardens at Versailles, created by the continent's most famous landscape designers, are dotted with fountains, statues, and neatly delineated paths.
The Potager du Roi (once the palace kitchen's fruit and vegetable garden) and the Cathédrale Saint-Louis de Versailles.
Grand Trianon, a favorite royal spot for entertaining guests at Versailles.
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Versailles is most crowded on Tuesday (when many Paris museums are closed) and Sunday, and between the hours of 10 a.m.–1 p.m.; an afternoon visit means fewer tourists.
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The streets in Dijon's old quarter—which are named after merchants' trades and lined with half-timbered houses—make for some appealing wandering along cobblestoned paths.
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Place de la Libération, a main square in Dijon.
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Quaint half-timbered buildings are common in Dijon's old quarter.
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  Rue de la Liberté in Dijon, the gateway to the Côte d’Or, the so-called gold coast named after the pricey Burgundy wine that is cultivated just south of the city.
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