France
Arrondissement de Nanterre

Here you’ll find travel reports about Arrondissement de Nanterre. Discover travel destinations in France of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.

32 travelers at this place:

  • Day8

    Chateau de Malmaison

    September 25 in France

    Napoleon Bonaparte and his new wife Josephine bought this house as their private residence shortly after their marriage. They lived here from 1799 until 1802. However, after their divorce, Napoleon gave this house to Josephine as her permanent residence. At that time Napoleon had not crowned himself as Emperor of France. In fact, officially he was little more than a captain in the French army. For this reason the house is not as opulent as are the palaces and official residences which French governments provided for their kings and their Emperor. Many of the furnishings have been returned to the house, and curators have attempted to evoke the style of the period. The first effort to restore the house was mounted by Napoleon III, the nephew of the famous Corsican. I had always wondered about the name of this building, understanding that “mal maison” literally means “bad house.” There are at least two theories about how the house got its name. The moniker may have come from the presence of Viking raiders in the area in the ninth century. Thus, the house became known as the “bad house.” One other possibility is that a building at this location was used as a hospital during an outbreak of the plague. Since so many died here, the place became known as the “bad house.” Either way, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. Tomorrow we will leave the Viking Rinda to board a high speed train that will take us to Lyon for the second leg of our journey through France’s Finest.Read more

  • Day138

    Paris and home!

    June 15 in France

    The first thing we did in Paris was ride along the Seine on our loaded bikes past almost every great monument.  It was a great way to enter the city.  When we stopped to see Notre Dame Cathedral, (which was amazing and surrounded by throngs of people) we were approached by a woman from Vancouver about to depart on a bike tour with her family and I just happened to ask if she knew someone, and sure enough we both know Marnie and Denise in Vancouver.  It was great to share stories and tips, and it felt as if we were passing the torch. 

    Paris is like a museum. I'm sure the inside of the museums are fabulous, but the outsides, and all the monuments, squares, and old apartment buildings are just as interesting.  Although Paris has 20 times the population density of New York (and that doesn't include the tourists) they have enormous squares like football fields and lots of green space.  We did a day trip on the train to Disneyland and had some good rollercoaster rides, but it did not live up to all the hype, far from it.  We perhaps saw another side of Paris.  We camped in Bois de Bologne, an expansive park only  20 min bike ride from the Eiffle Tower, shopped at the grocery store in the neighborhood across the Seine and rode our bikes all over Paris just looking at everything.   On our trip to find the Catacombs (old limestone quarries now under the streets where 6 million parisian bodies were deposited in the 1800s in order to clean up the cities overcrowded cemeteries)  we came upon a community market that they hold only twice a year and it was 10 blocks long, full of antiques and junk and music and all sorts of people.  Caleb and I loved it, and it drove Marty crazy!  We did not actually go into the Catacombs as the lineup was hours long.  Like I said, the sights of Paris are overcrowded with tourists, and the lineups frightened us away from most places.  We did perservere with the Eiffle Tower, giving up one evening, but returning the next morning. We walked up the stairs to the second level and then went right to the top on the elevator and it was spectacular!  It is 1000 feet tall, and was the tallest building at the time (around 1889).  Mr Eiffle built it for the Paris Expo, and he not only designed it but his factory built it, and he financed it!

    Biking in Paris is quite normal.  Men ride in their fine suits with ties flying behind them, and women in their skirts and heels fly long in the bike lanes (shared with the buses), or on the bike paths. We figured out how to bike everywhere, and to navigate the traffic circles, only resorting to the cross walks on some of the bigger ones, like Arc d'Triumph (I would love to see the last part of the Tour de France when all the bikers come towards the arch with the crowds roaring).  We ate croissants every morning, watched several of the World Cup games, and were excited to be going home. 

    Our last adventure was going to the airport where the cab that we had specially ordered was too small, and so Marty went to the airport with the first cab and our bikes and gear, and the kids and I waited for a second cab.  It was morning rush hour, and there were none available, so we took the shuttle bus, and transfered to the airport bus. After 45 minutes on the bus I was concerned, and checked for the location of CDG airport and couldn't find the "I am here" dot.  Because we were on the wrong bus going to a different airport.  We raced back in a Taxi to the correct airport, but had missed the flight cut off. Marty had been waiting by himself, with no contact, for 3 hours thinking the worst.  Oh dear...  another flight 2 hours later.

    So now we are Ontario bound, for a family visit, then Vancouver and driving home.  It has been quite the journey.  Jorja, loving being with her family, Caleb learning to live within it.  We loved the biking, the old stuff, some of us loved the languages, but it was a long time to be away. We have missed family and friends and our projects and look forward to rejoining our communities and moving forward. 
    Read more

  • Day6

    Grand Arch

    June 3, 2017 in France

    Bit jetlagged but wandered out to the Grand Arch, La Defense, and took in the view as well as a touch of shopping at Le Quatre Temps (they have a Desigual, Jo).
    Caught up on some sleep and then headed to Philippe and Amita's place a few metro stops away. A great night was had by all. Amita had cooked up a storm- chicken curry, cucumber raita, warm potato salad and fragrant rice. The conversation leapt from politics to literature to families and the first time I looked at my watch it was 11:50. Must stay in touch.Read more

  • Day1

    Day One

    July 13, 2016 in France

    Arrived at the hotel 'Melia Paris Le Defense'. It is located in the ultra modern business district of Paris.
    Things I've learnt so far...
    1. Summer in Paris still requires long pants and a jacket, well today anyway🌦
    2. A latte in a cafe comes in a parfait glass and a straw! ☕️
    3. When filling the sink the bathroom, first check how to empty it! I now have a sink full of water and no idea how to remove the plug!🛁
    4. You dont know what tired is until you have travelled half way around the world, bouncing from airport to airport! 🛫🛬
    5. How good a warm shower is! 🚿
    Read more

  • Day2

    Day Two

    July 14, 2016 in France

    Just got back to the hotel after a long day walking! Check out my fitbit log for today.
    Things I learnt today....
    1. When you still can't empty the bathroom sink, solution - change rooms 😜
    2. Public transport in Paris on public holidays is just like Melbourne, routes can change at a moments notice. Very proud though I managed both the Metro and the Bus system today.
    3. Don't trust that the signs you are following to the Museum D'Orsay are correct! Added a kiometre or two in back tracking😩
    4. The French really know how to celebrate and put on a parade! The aerial parade of fighter jets, commercial jets and small aircraft was impressive. Loved the fighter jets that let out the plumes of smoke in the french colours, impressive, but i wasn't quick enough with the camera!😤
    5. Getting to the museum at 10:30am is the best time to avoid lining up for hours. Line up time less than 10 min. When I left at approx. 1:00pm the lines were massive! Score!😄
    6. The Museum D'Orsay is very impressive. To be up close an personal with some very famous paintings by Degas, Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh was amazing! 👍🏼
    Read more

  • Day3

    Day Three

    July 15, 2016 in France

    Last night was our first official tour pre-dinner drinks and group dinner. It was really great to finally meet my travelling companions. Everyone is really friendly. Then we made our way to the roof top bar at our hotel where we were treated to an amazing fireworks display on the Eiffel Tower. It was an earlier start today as we had a bus tour of the tourist attractions in Paris, then had lunch at a typical Parisian bistro. The afternoon was our own to continue to explore this amazing city!🇫🇷
    Things I learnt today/last night....
    1. Just when you think the fireworks display is over it's not! Almost an hour of fireworks🗼🎆
    2. It is impossible to take a photo of any of the attractions without getting people or traffic in them! 🚙🚕🚗🏃🏻
    3. Plan your exploring better otherwise you get lost! Lucky I was able to retrace my steps and thank god for breadcrumbs!🤔🍞
    4. Chicken is either a very popular dish in Paris or just cheap? Chicken for dinner last night and again for lunch today! 🍗🐓 Mix up the menu si vous plait!
    5. Always check what is inside your shoes before putting them on in the morning or at least remember that you stored your sockettes inside your shoes when you packed = very sore toes! 👟👎🏼
    Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Arrondissement de Nanterre

Join us:

FindPenguins for iOS FindPenguins for Android

Sign up now