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3 weeks in France, solo and without a car: please advise!

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Greetings! I just booked a roundtrip ticket to Paris for three weeks (Sept 14-Oct 5). I'm in the process of planning my itinerary and need some guidance. I'm in my early 40's, female, will be traveling alone, and will NOT be renting a car (this is non-negotiable). I've never seen France outside of a brief visit to Paris 15 years ago.

To give you a sense of my traveling style: I like lingering in places for a decent amount of time in order to get a feel for the place. I'm not that into sightseeing for the sake of sightseeing, though I enjoy an occasional museum, historic landmark, etc. I like to walk A LOT (je suis une flaneuse!), sit at cafes, drink and learn about wine, watch people. I like to absorb atmosphere and I am not easily bored. I don't want to be traveling to a new place every 2 days, especially since I will have to negotiate public transport. My budget is pretty slim, so my plan is to rent cheap but charming airbnb's (with kitchens for cooking many of my meals) along the way.

Here is the itinerary I have come up with... I'd love to hear your opinion!

6 nights in Paris
5 nights in Arles
4 nights in Lyon or Annecy
3 nights in Beaune
2 nights back in Paris before flying out of CDG (11 am flight; I will stay close to a metro that goes directly to the airport)

Opinions?

Any thoughts on Lyon vs Annecy (I realize they're probably apples vs. oranges, but what do you think?)

I'm open to any and all suggestions! Is there a place that completely captured your imagination that you think I should include? Anything you would cut?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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