Je suis sous le charme…I am under the charm.
I fell under the charm of Brunoy (pronounced Broon-wah), a community southeast of Paris, France. It has a long history of residences and the town developed during the Gallo-Roman era.
We reunited with part of our family for Christmas and spent a week in this lovely, mainly residential burb, about a forty minute train ride outside of Paris. We rented a lovely house about a ten minute walk from the train station. We were six adults and three children ages two, two, and one. Yeah, I know what you are thinking…
Immediately we fell in love with the house and the surrounding neighborhood.
Our walks into the town center and the train station were very pleasant (or as pleasant as could be with three toddlers). We ate a few meals in Brunoy restaurants and we took “take away” meals back to our house. Mainly it was our haven from the busyness and a respite from our days spent in Paris.
My wife and I had been to Paris last year and you can read about that trip in previous blogs here. However, here in Brunoy, I had the pleasure of experiencing a French community with genuine hospitality and friendliness. The shop owners and workers were so nice and I felt they went out of their way to help us when we needed it.
So if you have the opportunity to stay in Brunoy and visit Paris, I highly recommend it. The prices in Brunoy are cheaper than Paris, the food is good, the people are friendly, and it is an easy train ride into the city center. We caught the RER D and rode it to Gare de Lyon and made easy connections from there. The only issue we encountered was two strollers and many stairs. But we had six adults and on one occasion a very helpful Brunoyen to help out the ladies when the men left them after a very rare miscommunication.
The following are photos of this charming town.
A street in Brunoy with Christmas lights.
This is the front of our rental house from Airbnb. It was an excellent place to stay.
Saint-Medard cathedral. Parts of this building has remains from the 12th century.
Sidewalk on Avenue du President Kennedy.
A skating rink in place for Christmas in front of the city building in the town center.
This was our favorite restaurant in Brunoy.