Champs, p. 55
The château is still closed for repairs but the lovely park is open.
Conflans-Ste Honorine, p. 72
Les Gourmand’Ises has reopened. There is a new restaurant, Au Bord de l’Eau, at 15 Quai des Martyrs de la Résistance, tel 01 39 72 86 51, which is open for lunch every day except Monday. Open for dinner on Saturday. Menus from 28€.
Margaret Brownell, Karin Leijon
No first-hand reports as yet, but mentioned in Michelin.
Herblay, p. 72
I have discovered a restaurant with a magnificent view and terrace overlooking the river at Herblay which has been there for at least 25 years. It is easy to miss because it is set back from the river path and looks like the country club it calls itself. The entrance is up steps at the back of the building. It is not a club, just an old-fashioned family restaurant. I had a cup of coffee there late one Sunday afternoon and will be going back to test the menu, which looked promising: Country Club Les Lions du Val, 50 Quai de la Génie, 95220 Herblay, tel 01 39 97 24 34. Open for lunch every day except Saturday and Monday, open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Menu for Sunday lunch 22€ without wine.
Créteil, p. 85
From the Métro station at Créteil-Université take the left exit for the Rue des Mèches, then the right-hand path marked by a red and white GR sign (see p. 239) and a sign for the Ecole Nationale de Musique. Stay on the right-hand side of the road, past a pretty little park surrounding an old mansion, once the home of a doctor who made his fortune from inventing digestive tablets. Further up the road, opposite the church, you will pass the pedestrianised Rue du Général Leclerc. There is a market here on Thursday and Sunday mornings and it is a good street in which to buy picnic supplies. Bill Marsano and Michael Bernstein
Ecouen, p. 92
Ecouen now has a tourist office with a tea-room. It is next to the church, with access to the Château from its garden. Manoir des Tourelles, 1 Place de l’Eglise, 95440 Ecouen, tel 01 39 90 85 32. Open daily 2-6 pm except Tuesdays.
Luzarches, p. 109
The Avenue de la Gare has changed its name to the Rue Erik Satie.
The best day to visit is Friday, when there is a market and a weekday lunchtime menu at 15.50€ at the Cottage Trianon, now the only decent restaurant in Luzarches. It is no longer open on Sunday although they hope it will be in the future.
p. 115 and p. 184
The Auberge de la Gare at Viarmes station has closed down.
Montmorency, p. 133
The Al Vicolo restaurant is excellent.
Moret-sur-Loing, p. 138
I’m delighted to report that the Auberge du Soleil d’Or will be re-opening in December 2013. There are no plans to change the décor and prices will be kept low.
Poissy, p. 146
L’Esturgeon – both food and ambience – was wonderful. La Goujonnette opposite has become a pizza joint which has closed and is for sale.
La Villennes sur Vins has been replaced by a Chinese restaurant.
Zola’s house at Médan is closed to the public for 4 years from 3 October 2011 while it is being renovated.
Other useful sources of information, p. 241
The Ile de France tourist office at the Carrousel du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris closed down in May 2009.
New branches will be located at Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports and Versailles, but not in Paris. The useful publications recommended on pages 241-242 are no longer available and will not be reprinted, as they are now focussing on web-based information. You could ring the Comité Régional du Tourisme on 01 73 00 77 00 if you wish to express your dismay at this news, as I did.
Bookshops (maps) p. 243
The IGN bookshop is now at Le Monde des Cartes, 50 rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris, tel 01 43 98 85 10, Métro Hotel de Ville. Monday-Saturday 11 am-7 pm.