I am going to Paris in October for my honeymoon and I'd love to go somewhere outside the city for 2-3 days to unwind before we go home. Is there a romantic getaway that's not too far outside of Paris?
Mont St Michel. Or the eastern end of the Loire Chateaux country, home basing in Blois or Amboise and seeing Chambord, Chenonceau, and Cheverny.
Giverny, if you are a Monet fan.
Honfleur, in Normandy.
Chateau des Ormeaux in the Loire Valley.
It was the nicest place we stayed in France, during our three week stay.
Try the outdoor seating at a restaurant in the shadow of Chartres cathedral. Enjoy watching the light of the setting sun play on one of the greatest masterpieces of the medieval era.
2 or 3 days for a romantic getaway???...i'd pop up to Bruges, Belgium...We drive...maybe Tim of Minot can give you the train info..but it's less than 3 hours via Brussels....Canals, chocolates, horse drawn carriages...and my guide booksays you should go there with someone you love...SO...that's probably why you're on the honeymooon.
...Chartres, Giverny are fine for one day trips...I do like Honfleur as a small seaside Normandy village...which reminds me..Yesterday there was a French/Canadian celebration in Quebec (i wasn't fully paying attention to the news...) but Champlain sailed from Honfleur to "discover" (or settle..) Canada.
...Bruges and Honfleur are my choices...
This is an idea that might reinforce my suggestion that you pop up to Bruges...Go see (or maybe it's already DVD in the USA) the Colin Farrell film "In Bruges", subtitled "shoot first, sightsee later"...guns, romance, swans, ice cream, charming bridges, beautiful views...It's not France, but it's not far from Paris.
I just got back from the Normandy region and I have to agree that Mt. St. Michel was fabulous. I wouldn't stay on the island, as you won't get much privacy. I would suggest staying at a chateau in the region. If you want a web site of the one I stayed, PM me. It was 15 min from the abbey and the Count made our stay so memorable.
I also vote Bruges - very romantic - considered the Venice of the North.
Chateau Thierry can be nice as well - lots of champagne