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It would be the best day of the vacation. Sunny but not too hot. The perfect day to go out for two. For my sister and her boyfriend then, I probably wanted to be careful. I had seen that coming a bit when they suggested that I go to Domaine Les Forges. Fortunately I have a great relationship with my cousins (7 and 9), who were extra delighted this week by their "new house". We had already enjoyed the swimming pool, playground and "sort of jeu de boules" for a few days, but now it was time for some variety. The idea came in the evening, when I tried (in vain) to turn off a toy train. We went to Paris!
That was a nice surprise, early in the morning. My cousins were jumping on my bed just a little busier than normal. They wanted to leave as quickly as possible. My brother-in-law gave us the extra sandwiches that he had ordered for the cycling trip. They would find something along the way, at a bakery in a larger town nearby (it became Cyphorast in Vasles, a small boulangerie with delicious fresh bread). But first it was time to drop us off and say goodbye at the train station in Poitiers.
The train journey from Poitiers to Paris was one of the nicest parts of this day. I was looking forward to introducing my nephews to Paris, but they actually liked the train the most. It also has something special, the TGV. This high-speed train achieves speeds of up to 320 kilometers per hour. You see varied landscapes passing by and the interior is more comfortable than you are used to in the Netherlands. Only 1½ hours later we were, 350 kilometers away, in the heart of Paris.
The Paris metro was immediately appreciated. In the beginning we drove back and forth a bit. Every new stop and neighborhood above was another surprise. The Arts et Métiers metro station in particular appealed to my youngest nephew's imagination, because of the tough walls covered with copper plates and huge gears in the ceiling. This didn't cost much: children aged 4 to 10 travel for a reduced rate of € 7.05 per 10 journeys.
At first I wanted to leave the steps of the beautiful Sacré Coeur for what they were, this would be too tiring for such young children. But they stood on it ourselves: we climbed not only the steps but also the Sacré Coeur itself! This was worth it, due to the spectacular view of Paris. Here I could nicely pinpoint my favorite places and neighborhoods. This only cost 14 euros: 4 euros for the children and 6 euros for me. As a festive ending, we visited one of many crepes stalls. For a few euros we stuffed ourselves with freshly made pancakes with sugar and chocolate spread (me with melted cheese).
After the crepes it was time to go home again. People no longer talked or looked outside on the train. The oldest brought his Nintendo, the youngest was allowed on my phone. Fortunately there was wifi on the train, so I could download a game. The only thing I regret is my late discovery of the Arts et Métiers museum. This museum for technology and inventions seems to be full of crazy instruments, cars, planes and robots, perfect for my nephews! Next time then. They slept on the way back. A nice quiet closing family moment. My thoughts went to the Bergerac Blanc Sec bottle, which by now had to be at the right temperature. Also recommended. Santé!
The Domaine les Forges park is a very suitable park for young families and seniors. The villa 'and gardens are very spacious.