Samois is famous for its International Jazz Festival as Django Reinhardt lived in Samois. Its situation near Paris, Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte, the Loire valley makes it a very convenient and interesting place to be for tourism in the Ile de France and Paris area. A train takes you in 35 mn time to the center of Paris so you can take advantage of all the city entertainment but when you need nature and rest, you enjoy the large Fontainebleau forest to hike, VTT bike ride or climb on rocks…row on the Seine river (we have a little row boat), water-ski, rent a boat, etc…if you prefer water scenes. There are several Golf courses in the vicinity, horse riding clubs, tennis courts, etc…. if sport is your thing. Otherwise hundreds of cultural and tourism activities are at a close distance around Fontainebleau.
Our house is on the “quai” in Bas Samois, just on the border of an “arm” of the Seine river meaning that we have a view on a small island in front and sharing the activity on this part that is little tourism activity with small boats staying for a night or two coming from anywhere in the world. All the industrial traffic of river boats being behind the island so we have no nuisance at all but just the pleasure of having “passengers” next door. Our direct neighbors are English speaking people on both sides, INSEAD (International Management Institute) drives a lot of the people living in Samois. “The best place to be in the Fontainebleau area”. There are 4 restaurants on the “Quai”, fine food and wine, music as Jazz is a “must” here. You can walk to the center of the village to find a mini market, bakery, butcher, pharmacy, post office and all first need commodities. The place is very quiet at night, no noise nuisances, just hearing birds or swans flapping on the water when landing on the river.