Comfort Hotel Poissy Technoparc
6, rue Gustave Eiffel
Phone: (33) 1 39116225
Fax: (33) 1 39116304
Situated in the royal city of Poissy, Collégiale Notre-Dame de Poissy is one of the most impressive historical structures in the Ile-de-France. This Romano-Gothic church was constructed in the 12th Century, and it bears more than a passing resemblance to the Notre Dame de Paris, since it was designed by the very same architects! The church is a trove of historic artwork and religious artifacts, featuring ancient Roman iconography, marvelous tapestries, and chapels sculpted in 1150.
Between 1928 and 1931, Le Corbusier built this stunning villa for the businessman Pierre Savoye just outside of Paris. Considered a masterpiece of the twentieth Century, the white walls and stark lines of the building combine to create an elegant living space full of light. Guided tours are available upon request in advance.
Just 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Paris, Saint-Germain-en-Laye is a splendid escape for a sunny afternoon. The Chateaus and its gardens are a reminder of the magnificent times under King Francois I. The castle is now home to the museum of National Antiquities, crammed with archaeological artifacts. There are also guided tours and workshops where you can try your hand at arts of the past. The gardens have many attractions (swings and pony rides) and an esplanade lets you admire one of the most beautiful views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower!
The Musée Maurice Denis, in the former house of artist Maurice Denis provides an excellent collection of Symbolist and Nabi pieces from around France. The building itself is listed as a historical monument and creates the perfect environment for the appreciation of art. Take the train and make a refreshing day trip out of Paris.
Château de Maisons is one of the best examples of French Baroque architecture, and the most well-preserved building designed by famed architect of the 17th Century, François Mansart. The interiors reflect the elegant symmetry that was so popular in the 1600s, and include works by some of the finest artists of the time. The castle boasts a fine garden and the surrounding grounds are worth a ramble. As an architectural precursor to the splendors of Versailles, the Château de Maisons-Laffitte makes an excellent day-trip destination when in Paris.
The Désert de Retz is a picturesque folly garden, and is known to be one of France's celebrated historic gardens. The design of the garden can be defined as Anglo-Chinois, a garden whose style draws inspiration from the paintings of Hubert Robert and Claude Lorrain. The look of the garden also represents the philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Some of the structures built here that still exist are the Pan Temple, ruins of a Gothic church and Little Alter, among others. A scenic garden, Désert de Retz is a must for those who love classic gardens.
A welcoming congregation open to all ages, nationalities, and denominations of Christianity characterizes the Holy Trinity Church of Maisons-Laffitte. Originally created to attend to the spiritual needs of the English-speaking racing community brought to the town by the Cité du Cheval, the church continues to serve a diverse and changing population. It is the site of many community-building and celebratory events linked with religious tradition.
Maisons-Laffitte Park is a unique place in France. In the 17th Century, it was the Maisons-Laffitte castle's domain, belonging to René de Longueil, and is composed of a park and stables. In the 18th Century, the afforestation and paths were made. In the 19th Century, Jacques Laffitte sold a part of the estate and added some paths, among which the paths making a cross. Today, an association manages the park, owners having very strict specifications to respect. Lodgings are no higher than four floors; there are no shops in the park, no advertising, and no traffic signals. There are still many stables and horses can be seen every day going by to the forest or to the racetrack.
The Île des Impressionnistes also popular as île de Chatou gives visitors an enjoyable experience of art history that evokes the spirit of the impressionist movement simply by its physical characteristics; Monet, Manet, and Pissaro were among those fascinated by the play of light on the water surrounding this little island. Both the Musée Fournaise and a restaurant of traditional French cuisine today occupy an old boat-building workshop on the island. It also holds lovely gardens to stroll through, a center for research and a restaurant and tea room called Les Rives de la Courtille.
Intended to shelter greenhouses, the Château de la Petite Malmaison was designed by a landscape architect Jean-Marie Morel, as an integral part of the Malmaison estate. It was completed in 1805 as a technological accomplishment for the era, enclosed partially by glass walls and including a reception hall. Thematic and seasonal exhibits continue to be hosted here. For visitors it is open all year long.
This church, serving the towns of Noisy-le-Roi and Rennemoulin, lures visitors from much further afield with events like gospel concerts as incentive. Saint Lupin was the first bishop of Noisy-le-Roi during the Gallo-Roman period.
L'église Notre-Dame de Pontoise, located on the outskirts of Pontoise, was built in the XIIth century. After being destroyed during the siege of Pontoise by Henry III and the King of Navarre in 1589, it was rebuilt under the leadership of Nicolas Le Mercier in 1599. One of the most distinguishing feature of this church is the statue of the Virgin, Notre Dame-de-la-Santé, which is highly revered as an object of pilgrimage.L'église Notre-Dame de Pontoise is listed as a National Heritage site by the Government of France as of June, 1926.