Day Trips from Paris: Picnicking in Rambouillet

Sometime around last weekend, a couple of my friends and I decided to get away from the city for a little bit and have a picnic. We ended up choosing Rambouillet, a commune within the Navigo pass’s limits. [Lookin’ at you, Giverny.]

Rambouillet lies a bit past Versailles, and is approximately a 40-minute train ride out of Gare Montparnasse. In spring, at least, the ride is quite scenic, especially with the abundance of blooming mustard fields that you see around this time of year.


Anyway, our goal for the day was to find a nice spot for our picnic, preferably within sight of the Château de Rambouillet, and stay dry.


As you’ve probably guessed, the castle was boarded up and is currently under construction, although there was a tiny section of uncovered wall visible that we all took way too many pictures of. Whoops. Either way, the flowers were sure as hell pretty.



Although the castle grounds and forest are more widely recognized [if, you know, at all, because I’d never heard of Rambouillet before this day] the town adjacent to it is quaint, cute, and well worth a quick stroll through. Small, historical towns and communes are really where France excels, in my opinion. I’ve yet to see a little French village that is anything short of absolutely adorable, just like I’ve yet to see a little French bakery where I don’t want to immediately eat everything in the display case.



In conclusion, we found Rambouillet to be charming, quaint, and quite foggy. That’s all for today, but don’t forget to sign up for my Sunday newsletter! It now includes a little destination of the week feature as well as the usual recaps and a featured photo of the week. If that sounds like your kind of thing, sign up here!

What are some of your favorite day trips out of Paris?

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6 thoughts on “Day Trips from Paris: Picnicking in Rambouillet

  1. Lyne says:

    I’ve only been there as a kid but your post makes me want to go and try to go again ! The fog was on point that day ahah.
    The Mt Saint Michel is a good day trip from Paris ! Takes longer to reach than Rambouillet but it’s worth it 🙂

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