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"wander around" Senlis Things to Do Tip by iaint

Senlis Things to Do: 16 reviews and 44 photos

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      the Gallo Roman wall...
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      close to the cathedral
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      the main door of the cathedral
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Senlis is the kind of place where it makes sense just to spend a couple of hours walking around the old narrow streets of the town centre, ideally stopping midway for a coffee + croissant and to watch the world go by. My exploration took place right after breakfast, so I wasn't quite ready for coffee etc, but I was tempted anyway.

The good thing was that most people were still just waking up, so it was all very quiet. You get to enjoy the sights and sounds of a French Sunday morning as the town stretches and yawns. People heading for confession, to the boulangerie for bread & croissants, to the cafe for a pick- me-up and to read the newspaper....

On the downside, all the places I might have wanted to visit (see below) were still closed! Mind you, I didn't have much time anyway!

Cathédrale de Notre-Dame can be seen from far and wide, on account of the size of the spire. It was built in the 12th-13th centuries. The ornate main door was being restored at the time of my visit.

Opposite that door you will find the tourist information office, and the Musée de la Venerie which looked particularly attractive from the outside.

As you will see from the photos, I stumbled upon a section of the 3rd century Gallo Roman town wall.

The square where the Mairie is located is also attractive, with outdoor seating for a moment's rest before continuing and blessed with the early morning smells of a boulangerie - good spot for al fresco croissants...

Check out the tourism office's website - details below - it was very useful to me.

Address: Senlis - Centre Ville
Directions: Head for the cathedral spire!
Phone: 03 44 53 06 40

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 6, 2009
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