Our "home" whilst in France was on the campsite at Maisons Lafitte - a very affluent little suburb of Paris and only 15-20 minutes by RER train (which seemed to be every 5 minutes) into the centre of Paris.
The campsite itself sits on an Island in the middle of the river Seine, and it was fascinating to watch the huge barges passing.
It has its own Chateau,
which sits in the middle of the town,
It has great little parks for strolling around and sitting people watching,
And is famous for being a centre for horse racing in France.
In Masons Lafitte, every Frenchmans maison appears to be a mini chateau. We had a good look in the estate agents windows and realised that here you could buy one of these for around 4 million euros, whereas in central Paris, you only got an apartment for that amount!
The main drag had some great shops and restaurants on it. We bought our baguettes filled with ham, cheese and salad every day before we got on the train in the morning - and found somewhere spectacular in central Paris to sit and eat these. We called back at a very reasonable priced restaurant before returning to our caravan each night. We sat out on the pavement and the atmosphere was brilliant. We watched the French men hop straight off the train and call into the Patisserie before heading off home. We watched everyone stop and speak to a French lady (who was obviously famous in France, but we didn't recognise her) and have their photograph taken with her. We watched how everyone chatted non stop and socialised over meals, coffee, wine. I love that part of French culture.
It feels very safe in Maisons Lafitte, and its such a handy and economical place to stay for a visit to Paris. Its the second time we have stayed here, and we would not hesitate to return.