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Compiegne town guide


This historic town largely owes its existence to the nearby Foret de Compiegne which provided leisure activities, usually involving slaughter of defenceless animals or the abuse of peasants, for the kings of France and members of their courts until the demise of French Royalty. It is situated only about twenty five miles North of Paris travellers by hire car to the Channel Ports will find it easily.

The old Chateau Compiegne was refurbished in the nineteenth century for Napoleon and has a level of sumptuousness which has to be seen. The town is elegant and has a certain faded grandeur with lovely flower beds and parks to wander through. If you want a more formal tour, go to the Tourist Office and join one of the guided tours which start from there, some of these are in English. There is a Saturday Market.

There is an Old Town and this is where the visitor can enjoy wandering through the streets reading menus ready for a good meal later.

When you have tired of the town, use your hire car to visit some of the surrounding villages, they all have tourist sites related to the Royal Hunting Forest.

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