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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Put Pedals to the Pavement in Paris

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5. Oddball Day


La Vallée Village.  

Escape Paris price-gouging for a day and go bargain-hunting at La Vallée Village—Euro Disney’s complex of outlet shops is the largest in France. To get there, catch the A4 RER train at Gare de Lyon or Châtelet-Les Halles and take it a half-hour to the Val d'Europe stop, right at the mall. Everything from to Zadig & Voltaire sells here for at least 33 percent less than Paris’ department-store prices. Personal shoppers are available for the sartorially clueless (two hours for $140; reservations at 33-06-21-99-98-97). For lunch, take the train to the town of Meaux, home of the famed Brie de Meaux cheese. Auberge du Champ de Mars (16, ave de Victoire; 33-1-34-15-15) has stone walls, antique tables, and Brie certification from the region’s cheese-makers.


Published on Sep 10, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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