For nearly 40 years,
Astérix and "his merry band of loud and
shaggy Gauls" have entertained French children
through comic books. Parc Astérix brings the
comic theme to life with rides and other
amusements. Highlights include a mock Gallo-Roman
village, a dolphin lake, and a giant roller
Location: 10km (6
mi.) south of Senlis. Admission: 160FF.
Hours: April to
early Sept., daily 10am-6pm (except certain Fri.
& Mon.); early Sept. to mid-Oct., Wed. and
weekends 10am-6pm. Phone:
Get the FAQ about Monsieur Mickey's Euro-Disneyland
theme park, which has achieved success after a slow
Location: 20km (13
mi.) southwest of Meaux, 38km (24 mi.) east of
Paris. Admission &
Hours: Vary according to
number of days visited, and season. Please refer to
Fodor's 99 France (Gold
Guide) for details, or call ahead. Phone:
WALKING TRAILS -
Laid out on the canal Saint-Martin during the reign
of Napoleon III, this boulevard has been in
renovation since 1993. The existing gardens will be
redesigned, extended, and graced with fountains. By
the time renovation is completed, the canal
Saint-Martin will be connected with the
In Montmartre, take the funicular railway to the
foot of Sacré-Coeur Basilica. Discover the
place du Tertre, with its village atmosphere and
artists, and get a drawing of yourself made. Board
Montmartre's little train, from Place Blanche, for
a 40 minute journey passing the Bateau Lavoir, the
Cabaret du Lapin Agile and the famous Moulin Rouge.
Then stroll around the clos Montmartre, an enclosed
vineyard planted with 2000 grapevines. In 1993, it
produced 10,500 kg of grapes. The wine made from
the grapes is auctioned every year!
Completed in 1995, this 4.5 km pedestrian walk
follows the old Bastille--Banlieue Est railway
tracks and is located on top of an abandoned
viaduct! Beginning at the Opéra Bastille, it
runs the length of the avenue Daumesnil, passes
near the Gare de Lyon, the Reuilly garden and the
Porte Dorée, ending at the Bois de
Vincennes. Parts of it are open to bicycles and
rollerskates/blades. The path runs its unique
course through viaducts, embankments, railway
tracks and small tunnels, giving remarkable views
of the 11th and 12th district's most modern areas.
The arches of the avenue Daumesnil viaduct were
remodeled into arts & crafts boutiques, art
galleries and craftsman workshops.
La ferme de
A real farm with
animals and fields.
Location: Route du
pesage - Bois de Vincennes, 75012 Paris.
22 FF. Children under 18, 11 FF. Hours: Open
Saturday, Sunday, bank days and school holidays,
from 1:30-7pm in summer, and from 1:30-5pm in
Joinville-le-Pont. Bus : 112.
jardin des plantes
History Museum - Jardin des Plantes,
57, rue Cuvier and 3
quai Saint-Bernard - 75005 Paris. Admission: Adults,
30 FF. Children under 16, 20 FF.
Parc zoologique de
Location: Bois de
Vincennes, 53, avenue de Saint-Maurice - 75012
Paris. Admission: Adults,
40 F. Children under 16, 30 F. Free for children
under 4 years of age. Métro:
St-Mandé de Tourelle, Porte Dorée.
Parc zoologique du Château de
A castle, an African safari park, gardens with a
giant spider web, animal shows, and a gastronomy
museum for grown-ups make this 16th Century
château worthy of a day trip. You'll need a
car to fully explore the wildlife reserve.
Thoiry, 40km (25 mi.) southeast of Giverny, 43km
(27 mi.) west of Paris. Admission:
Château, 30FF; Château, park and game
reserve, 100FF. Children under 13, 79 FF.
weekdays 10am-6pm, weekends 10am-6:30pm; winter,
daily 10am-5pm. Phone:
01-34-87-52-25 ; Fax: