My favorite part of France was when we would take the train from Paris and travel to the countryside to visit Chateau's. The chateau's were not my favorite, though opulent and beautiful, I loved seeing the green country, visiting the small villages that were close to the chateaus, and observing the incredible people. To me, that is traveling. Not just visiting museums, artwork and buildings, but to experience the entire culture is my idea of a great vacation.
We took 3 day trips out of Paris. We visited Chantilly, Versaille, and the LaWare Valley(?). I'm sure not even close to the correct spelling.
Chantilly was a hunting retreat for French Royalty.
Versaille is as amazing. The chateau itself is breath taking and the grounds and fountains are gorgeous.
In the LaWare? Valley we visited 3 different areas. It was the prettiest of all of our day trips.