Annabel Simms

Find daytrips from Paris where you can

go walking, boating and dancing by the river

explore old towns and country footpaths

eat in family-run restaurants with 1950s decor and prices to match

discover half-hidden châteaux and artists’ country houses…

without running into hordes of other visitors – yet still be an hour (or less) from Paris.


An Hour From Paris is a pocket-sized guide to 20 little-known rewarding daytrips within an hour of Paris by train.
It includes helpful practical tips and the essential historical context for each visit, as well as specially-drawn local maps and original photos.


Reveals the many pleasures that lie beyond the city limits
Chicago Tribune

A kind of Ile de France profonde
The Independent

Within the first five pages I was swept into the desire to read the entire book
Colleen’s Paris

Your book sounded too good to be true but far surpassed my expectations
R. Jones, USA


About the author

Annabel Simms is an English resident of Paris, with over 20 years’ experience of exploring the Paris countryside by train and on foot.



To reach the island restaurant La Goèlette, continue along the river as far as the Rue de Trelan. There is a little jetty with an electric bell to the right, which you press to summon the small speedboat opposite. You are whisked across to the restaurant, which used to be an inn and has scarcely changed its appearance since the 1950s. There is a little riverside garden in which you can eat outside in the summer (where I saw a red squirrel) and the tiled floor, lace curtains framing the river and the old-fashioned oak furniture make a cosy retreat inside. (p. 70)

If you have not had the time to buy or to validate your ticket, it is in your interest to show your bonne foi (good faith) by approaching the inspector or guard as soon as possible after getting on the train. You are then unlikely to be fined. (p.238)


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Bill Bryson

Ground-breaking work
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The most exciting travel guide I’ve read in years
Huffington Post

The travel bible for daytrips from Paris
M. Herb, USA


Click on the map below to see where you can go and how long it will take by train

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Day trips from Paris by train

Designed by Annabel Simms and Max O'Shea | Last updated 11th September 2014