Why go to Paris?
A weekend in Paris is a wonderful thing. But you can throw a bit of surprise and adventure into your time in the iconic, recognisable city scenes by jumping on a train (40 minutes from Gare de Lyon) out to spend a night in a bivvy in the beautiful Forest of Fontainebleau. The forest's oak, pine and beech trees spread for more than 100 square miles. There is also great scope for bouldering if you enjoy that, with huge numbers of climbs available on the unusual rock formations dotted throughout Fontainebleau. There are so many climbs that it can be a little overwhelming. Just pick one spot and enjoy it! There are guidebooks for climbing in the forest if you are keen to do more than dabble. Bas Cuvier and Apremont are both popular. Level of Difficulty: Medium (if you're going to bivvy). What to pack: Warm clothes (check the weather forecast!), woolly hat, headtorch, raingear, sleeping bag, mat and bivvy bag. Best time to go: late spring or early summer.