peubanni said:Again, I seemed to have failed to grasp the gist of the question. So you do understand the notions of "from" and "to" but somehow have a trouble understanding how to use "from" and "to". That confuses me a little... When you say "It takes 2 1/2 hours from Paris", you're supposing the person to whom you are speaking is at the Paris, or at least know where Paris is. And he is coming to Normandy, departing Paris. Whereas "It takes 2 1/2 hours to Paris", the emphasize is on the time you need when you depart Normandy to go to Paris. Oh well, that's a pretty bad explanation. I'll pass it on to somebody who is more confident with their English.