Poissy, p. 167
The café Au Bon Coin has closed down.
p. 171, Piscine de Migneaux
I can highly recommend this Olympic-sized outdoor pool, which is worth the journey from Paris for the pleasure of being able to sunbathe for hours on the grass without stepping on your neighbours. There are no waterslides but there is a little buvette selling crêpes, frites, sandwiches, cold drinks, tea and coffee.
p. 173, walk to Villennes
The riverside walk through the boatyard now passes a café-restaurant, which opened in 2017, La Guinguette de Villennes, 350 Chemin des Pêcheurs, 78670 Villennes sur Seine, tel 09 80 89 72 96, open from Wednesday to Sunday from midday to around 10 pm in summer. You can sit in deckchairs by the water’s edge, just sipping a drink or eat at tables on the terrace overlooking the river. Main dishes, snacks and drinks are at Paris prices but the relaxed old-fashioned ambience and the idyllic setting are well worth it.
The gate leading to Le Chemin de la Nourée, the private road at the end of the boatyard which follows the river, is now a barrier to pedestrians, as access via a scramble up the railway embankment has been blocked. Instead, follow the small uphill road under the railway line and take the first turning on the right, the quiet residential Rue des Iselles. It eventually joins the main road into Villennes, the Avenue Georges Clemonceau. Continue into Villennes, where you will find the station on your right, just past the church.
Access to the Ile de Villennes is barred by another gate at the end of the bridge. But tapping the code 0000 will open it. It is worth it for the rewarding view of the Seine a few steps further on.
Zola’s house at Médan is closed to the public until 2019 while it is being renovated.
Types of ticket, Carte Mobilis, p. 246
Another option is to buy the Carte Mobilis, a one-day ticket allowing unlimited travel on all forms of public transport in the selected zones, except Orlyval. No photograph is needed and you can buy the ticket in advance. You validate it by writing your name and the date on which you travel on the ticket.