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Annabel Simms
Author of two books — An Hour From Paris and Half An Hour From Paris —  Annabel Simms explained that as a Londoner transplanted to Paris, she was yearning to find green space when she first moved to France, that Paris was lacking. This incentive began her quest to find countryside to visit without going too far from Paris and managing it without having a car. What she discovered from the outset is that most guide books, such as the Michelin Guides, had great information but were written for those who have a vehicle at their disposal. That wasn't helping her all that much, so she set out on a journey that led her to amass the information and write these two books.
Parisians don't venture out of their city much to discover the Ile-de-France region, quite rich in history and wonderful adventures. Even those living in the Ile-de-France don't crisscross it either, as most modes of transport lead to Paris and out again, although that is changing with new routes added to SNCF's train system. She talked a lot about the Ile-de-France and how ignored the region is from many perspectives. It became her "raison d'être" to fully explore it, learn about it and then write about it.
She spoke at length about one particular excursion — to Marly-le-Roi, a commune in the Department of Yvelines near Saint-Germain-en-Laye. It is virtually unknown to most Parisians, but is rich in history and lore. It's less than 12 miles from Paris and takes 30 minutes to get there by train. This was the location of the Château de Marly, once the famous leisure residence of the Sun King Louis XIV, but it was destroyed after the French Revolution. The National Estate and Park of Marly-le-Roi now occupies most of the grounds of the former château, including restored waterways and lawns. You can get there easily by the Transilien train system from Gare Saint-Lazare.
Once you own the two books (purchasable at local bookstores or online), or even before you do, Annabel makes available from her website a download of 10 new trips from Paris that take a bit longer than the ones in "Half An Hour From Paris," plus optional walks are also slightly longer. They are available as separate PDFs for 3€ each, or the full set can be downloaded for just 13€. You can even download each trip to your smartphone, or print out just the walk and map to take with you.
Don’t just stay in town and take in what Paris has to offer. Add an extra bit of travel time and discover a world out there you might not have known otherwise.
For more information and to buy the books, visit An Hour From Paris
In attendance were:
•    Alden Smith
•    Alice Houston
•    Anne Daignault
•    Belly Moore
•    Brenda Prowse
•    Carol Arnault
•    Craig Carlson
•    David Finkelstein
•    Dorota Jablonski
•    Elizabeth Shepard
•    Eric Turkheimer
•    Geraldine Kaylor
•    Ian Johnson
•    Janet Hoover
•    Jean Hardginski
•    Jeff Holmes
•    Julie Wright
•    Kate Miller
•    Katin and Vern Campbell
•    Leslie Mow
•    Lisa Anselmo
•    Madeline Lennon
•    Marcia Matsui
•    Margo DeLey
•    Mats and Barbara Fredriksson
•    Meredith McGregor
•    Nancy Kissock
•    Nancy Toolan
•    Patty Sadauskas
•    Paul Druckman
•    Paul Lazarow
•    Raenette DeCicco
•    Richard Miller
•    Roger Cotton
•    Rosemary Allan
•    Sherry Finkelstein
•    Tara Pickens
•    Tom and Anne Bernatowicz
•    Tony and Irene Gamba
•    William Jordan
•    Yaël Ménassé Friedberg
•    Zoe Zaslow

•    Plus others who did not sign in (or whose name was illegible)!

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