five ideas for traveling near home

Go behind the scenes of OrlyVal

What do we do ? Sexier than the 13, this 7.3 km automatic line, designed to facilitate connections with the second Paris airport, finally reveals its secrets. Created by the company Matra in 1991, the OrlyVal (light automatic vehicle) has in fact the task of connecting the RER B from Antony station to Orly airport in just 7 minutes. This exceptional visit will take place at the company’s headquarters, with a stopover in the centralized control station and in the maintenance workshops, before leaving for a guided tour of the line.

When? Saturday September 19, three tours are organized from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Reservations on Explore Paris.

Or ? At Orlyval headquarters. Chemin de Fresnes, 91320 Wissous.

Visit the cockpit of an airliner

The iconic Dassault Mercure 100 on the tarmac at Le Bourget airport. Air and Space Museum

What do we do ? Immediate boarding of the Dassault Mercure 100, alongside members of the IT Mercure association, which has been working since 1995 to keep the aircraft in flight condition. This day is conducive to an exclusive discovery of the equipment and cockpit of this legendary aircraft, as well as the various catering workshops, located along the runway at Le Bourget airport.

Take the opportunity to discover the permanent collections of the Air and Space Museum. Inaugurated at Le Bourget in 1975, it is one of the first aeronautical museums in the world by virtue of its age and the richness of its collections. These are on display in the terminal, designed by architect Georges Labro and listed as a Historic Monument.

When? Saturday September 19, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seven 45-minute tours are planned. Registration at the Museum Info Point.

Or ? At the Air and Space Museum. Paris Airport – Le Bourget, 93350 Le Bourget. Phone. : 01 49 92 70 38.

Take inspiration from the explorations of yesteryear

In the exhibition “An invitation to travel», Painters, poets and photographers set off in search of exotic landscapes, dazzling colors and fascinating characters. Museum of La Roche-sur-Yon

What do we do ? Over 37 original works from the collections of the La Roche-sur-Yon museum, the exhibition “An invitation to travel»Endeavors to highlight travel and far-offs as sources of inspiration. Ancient ruins, seaside, Neapolitan islands, but also Greek dancer or Japanese courtesan: explorations around the globe have inspired collectors and painters since the 18th century. The exhibition also takes place outside the walls, in the gardens and on the facades of the city center.

When? Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free entry.

Or ? At the Contemporary Art Space at Cyel. 10 rue Salvador Allende, 85000 La Roche-sur-Yon. Phone. : 02 51 47 48 91.

Fly away with an imaginary friend

Initiation to the use of navigation instruments. Museum of Arts and Crafts

What do we do ? Children aged 4 to 6 will meet Avel, a very curious gull who is on the move. To achieve his dream of traveling around the world, he learned about the use of navigation instruments. To fly with it, the little globetrotters will be given a kit to make a paper seagull.

The older ones will take advantage of the workshop to discover Clément Ader’s plane. The Toulouse engineer made history for having developed, in the 19th century, the first heavier-than-air machine, intended to realize one of man’s oldest dreams.

When? Saturday 19 September, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Registration at the museum reception the same day.

Or ? At the Museum of Arts and Crafts. 60 rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris. Phone. : 01 53 01 82 00.

Take a leap into the railway past

A railcar from the 1960s will run all weekend from Nice station. Heritage Days 2020

What do we do ? The vintage version of the Nice station is what awaits train enthusiasts for these Heritage Days. Saturday, you can board a railcar from the 1960s or 1980s to rediscover the landscapes of the Côte d’Azur between Nice, Monaco and Menton. On Sunday, the “retro Merveilles” train will set off through the hinterland and the Roya valley, before stopping at the Breil-sur-Roya ecomuseum, famous for its 141R steam engine. Breathtaking views.

When? Saturday September 19, 9:25 a.m. to 4:33 p.m. (four departures) and Sunday September 20, 9:55 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Registration on the ATTCV website.

Or ? At the Nice-Ville train station. Avenue Thiers, 06000 Nice. Phone. : 06 07 98 03 09.

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