NEXT STOP: LA RIVE GAUCHE
To complete your stay in Paris, head to the Left Bank with its vibrant Latin Quarter and trend-setting Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Home to the Sorbonne, this university district has a more down-to-earth feel and is great for leisurely wandering, exploring art galleries, bookstores and dipping into jazz clubs.
STAY IN STYLE
Follow in the footsteps of greatness and stay at Oscar Wilde’s former home: Hôtel L’Hotel. Ideally placed for sampling that Left Bank lifestyle, it’s also a short stroll from Notre-Dame. Suggested stay 2-3 nights.
Be sure to take a look at SLH’s seven other tantalising hotels in Paris to find your favourite.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: NORMANDY
Most visitors would finish their visit there: inspired, but maybe a little tired. So, to revive those Louvre-leaden feet, we’d suggest a few days on the coast.
A three-hour drive takes you from the depths of the city to the rolling fields and historic charms of Normandy. Break up your journey with a stop at Claude Monet’s Gardens, Giverny. And, while you’re passing, don’t miss the jaw-dropping grandeur of the nearby Château de La Roche-Guyon.
A scenic drive brings you to your final stop, the sublime Château la Chenevière. This countryside hideaway mixes 18th-century looks with modern luxury, from a heated outdoor pool to gourmet dining. There are sights aplenty to discover nearby – such as the D-Day beaches and historic Bayeux. But nothing quite beats a day (or three) lounging in the garden before exploring the wine list. Suggested stay 2-3 nights.