From 2012, you can set out along this legendary cycle route in the making.
The Avenue Verte london <> Paris is specially signposted for cyclists between the two great capitals, and you cross the Channel via the Transmanche Newhaven-Dieppe service, landing in Normandy.
On the British side, the Avenue Verte London < > Paris makes use of the existing National Cycle Network of cycle routes, leading you south out of London, over the North Downs and through Sussex to the South Downs.
On the French side of the Avenue Verte London < > Paris, you make your way to the French capital via well-signposted small roads and greenways taking you across the following French dÃ©partements, or counties: Eure, Oise, Val-d'Oise, Yvelines, Seine-Maritime, Hauts-de-Seine and Seine-Saint-Denis.
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Paris has developed in amazing fashion over the past 2,000 years, radiating out from its heart, the Ile de la CitÃ© island on the Seine. Great monuments you can visit reflect its two millennia of history, going from the Roman ArÃ¨nes de LutÃ¨ce to the new, contemporary FranÃ§ois Mitterrand National Library.
The Stade de France is the largest stadium in the country. It was originally built for France's hosting of the FIFA Football World Cup in 1998. It can hold a capacity crowd of 81,338. It stands out for its extraordinary roof, floating 46 meters above the pitch.
Chantilly is a relatively new town. It developed in the 18th century, around its chÃ¢teau. This magnificent castle contains the MusÃ©e CondÃ©, a splendid art museum, and is surrounded by remarkable water gardens laid out by the famed 17th-century designer, AndrÃ© Le NÃ´tre.
Located at the frontier between the Vexin Normand and Vexin FranÃ§ais areas, the stronghold town of Gisors featured large in the power struggles between the dukes of Normandy and the kings of France in medieval times.
The great painter Claude Monet set up home at Giverny close to the Seine in 1883. Passionate about gardening, down the years, he created extaordinary gardens below the house and they famously inspired his painting.
This charming village strung along the River Oise is widely known for having inspired many landscape and Impressionist painters, from Daubigny to CÃ©zanne and Van Gogh.
Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell in the Clock Tower at the Palace of Westminster (or Houses of Parliament) seat of the British government in London. The bell weighs in at 13.5 tonnes.