Montreuil – Discover Colors and Wonders of This Small Parisian Town


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There was something wonderful about this small town in France, maybe because of the weather at the time I visited. It was a warm summer week when I was there and it felt like it was a colorful and vibrant place to be in.

Being a suburban town, you can come here for a weekend and enjoy a stay with your family. I walked around and enjoyed the views, taking in both the cultural and local vibes before heading onto other destinations of the country.

Parc Jean Moulin Les Guilands

As with most towns in France, there are parks that stand out and so it is here. When you are at Montreuil come down to this park and enjoy the sights and wilderness, right in the middle of the city.  Found the long, thick grass and heavy foliage, especially the algae covered park pond a wonder to look at. It is unlike most of the well-manicured parks that modern cities have. Even the fences and furniture the park has maintained a rustic charm.

Rue Du Capitaine Dreyfus

As I mentioned before, this is a town I loved to discover while walking around and this pedestrian street makes it one of the reasons why. You will find this street running through the heart of town. There is a historic air about its name, having been named after a French hero. What I enjoyed here was browsing through the stores. There are several Chinese restaurants here to try as well.

Croix De Chavaux Shopping Center

This is another place I visited and I recommend that you do the same. It is a vintage mall which is also famous for a concrete structure here called École Nationale De Musique Et De Danse De Montreuil.

In fact, there are unusual architectural structures to find across the town as well as murals and graffiti that make this town a riot of colors and give it a unique cultural vibe.

Argenteuil – Here a World of Romance and Religion Awaits


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Argenteuil is a city that you can discover as you take a course by the river Seine. That is what I did with some local friends and came across this quaint commune in France.

It is one of the Impressionist centers that house many works of Claude Monet. I also discovered that the region was originally farmlands and a center of viticulture. Later on, it became industrialized, in the nineteenth century. Its history dates back to Gallo-Roman times. The tunic of Argenteuil which was originally sent to Charlemagne by Empress Irene is considered to be Jesus Christ’s tunic as per legends.

Saint-Jean Baptiste Chapel

This is one of the first historic sites we visited which dates as far back as 10th century. It is little wonder that you will find it listed among the Historic Monuments of the region. I found the Benedictine abbey beautiful to explore, its primitive architecture and settings. The guide books state that architecture is a reflection of the classic and Romanesque styles. There are burial grounds here as well. You will also like the covered walk of Deserts that showcases burials dating back to the Neolithic era.

Museum of Argenteuil

If you have come here with your family, ensure that you visit this place as it is an educational stop for this city’s history. The building itself was a hospital that dates back to the 18th century. You can spend your time here admiring different paintings and drawings that reflect the history and culture of this commune.

Saint-Denis Basilica

I discovered that Argenteuil’s historic highlight is all about the famed tunic of Jesus Christ and that is what you find here. The latter is placed in an altar with lava dating particulars mentioned. This religious building also finds mention among the historic monuments of the region.

I would recommend that you walk through the city and enjoy its cultural and romantic air. You will also discover here the house of the artist Claude Monet from where you get breathtaking views of the nearby city of Paris.