How about Eragny!!

Another nice memory of our times in the Yvelines dept 78 and the beautiful city of Versailles! I have several older posts and need to update them with new links and places as time takes its toll. They are in my blog for the memories’s sake and hoping some can use the information on their travels in the Paris region. This is a nice place to go shopping in Eragny!!

I decided to start this post on an unique aspect of my belle France. I will put one memorable family picture of those early days in the Yvelines dept 78 where we road warrior the whole of the region of Ïle de France. As visitors, we tend to come to the famous places and many like it. France gets millions of tourists every year as No 1 by the official UN-WTO. However, as one who lives here,and travel everywhere not just to the famous and sparkling clean taxpayer supported sites (and some nice visitors) I like to take you places, off the beaten path of my belle France.

Let me tell you a bit about Eragny sur Oise. Our family love to come here when we lived in Versailles. Eragny  is in the department 95 Val-d’Oise  in the region of Île-de-France. Locals sometimes call it Éragny-sur-Oise to differentiate from other similar name town of Eragny in France. The city is located in the left bank of the Oise river at about 30 km (about 19 mi) from Paris, and it is a member of the metropolitan area of the new city of Cergy-Pontoise, (the area of my first job in France!)

It was , also convenient stop coming from Roissy CDG airport on the La Francilienne road N104 on our way home under the A15 by the N186 to Versailles. A bit further direction Paris,(or from Paris direction Rouen)  you can come as we did to a nice outlet stores mall  at Franconville off the A15 exit/sortie 4 ; the Quai des Marques (see post)  for especially my brand names business suits and coats. It’s takes a bit time by public transport from Paris but with a car is always easier.  You can  take at Gare Saint Lazare the train  direction Gare d’Ermont Eaubonne and descend at the station of Sannois  from there take bus 261 to Franconville and walk 20 minutes to the shopping.

Eragny sur Oise was where we went for the Art de Vivre shopping center, just because it had the Pizza Hut and Toys ‘R US stores  (now both gone from here! so anyway the memories lingered) nearest our home in  Versailles, and was easy on our runs to Normandy to pass by here on the A15. It is very nice and a good stop on your runs from Paris to Normandy and Brittany etc. on the A15. In fact most pizza hut are now take out or delivery only and toys r us went under.  webpage:



Might as well tell you a bit of history I like on Eragny sur Oise.

Early in the 12C the lands and villages around here had the name of Erigny, belonging to the abbey of Saint-Martin-des-Champs . It was exposed on a cliff dominating the Oise river. Eragny was just a small village until the 20C.  It was in 1564 that a Jean d’Alesso, coming from Italy with Saint Francis of Paul purchase the lordship of Eragny.  His coat of arms are now the town. François d’Alesso, marquis of Eragny was governor general of the Antilles in Martinique by 1691 and their descendants were spread all over the area and preserve it until the French revolution when they were confiscated as immigrants expropiated lands. In the 20C, an important writer set up home here, this was Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, author of  Paul et Virginie. He was a disciple of Rousseau, and took possession of a house here in 1804 that was the old presbytery, after his death in 1814 the town really came down to the sleepy town it is today.

Things to see in Eragny sur Oise

The Presbytère at  31 rue Bernardin-de-Saint-Pierre ,  it was built under the order of priest Sigogne in the middle of the 18C . Under the French revolution his successor died in the guillotine and the building change hands several times thereafter until given in 1804 to Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre in exchange for a debt of the family. The writer known for his work call Paul et Virginie lived there the last ten years of his life until finally purchase by the city in 1834. The house of the fisherman or Maison des Pêcheurs at  24 rue de la Fontaine, this was built behind a guinguette bordering the Oise river for the Sunday fisherman  coming from Paris as the train station was close by . The ground floor has original pieces and can be reach ,those in the first floor (2nd US) are reach thru an exterior balcony. The front gates of the old Castle at  6 rue de Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône ,has two square  pylon that still is there of the castle of Alesso from the mid 16C . The castle came down even before the French revolution. The Saint Pie X Church built in the 1950’s to replace an older Church destroyed during WWII. The army stables, at the Clos du Manége, the army trained here in a horse complex of seven identical stables built early 20C.  It stop working in 1918  when the army set up headquarters in the city of Pontoise . One of these stables is used today for equestrian circle club.

The city of Eragny sur Oise on its heritage in French:

The Cergy-Pontoise area tourist office on Eragny sur Oise: 

The Val d’Oise dept 95 tourist office on its must see (not Eragny) :

There you go folks ,enjoy my off the beaten path treat of Eragny sur Oise. Hope it helps expand your vision of my belle France. And remember, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “How about Eragny!!”

  1. Beautifully written! Thank you for sharing

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