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A month in Europe - how does this sound?

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I am planning a month in Europe for my wife and me, tentatively set for June 9 thru July 7, 2015. It'll be a first time ever for her, and the first time in 40 years for me. It's also likely the only time we'll make such a trip. I'd like to run my itinerary by the group here for feedback.

My plan is to center the trip around 4 main locations. Those would be a pair of cities, London and Paris, plus mountains and the beach. As you look at my timeline, you'll see that the cities get less time than the mountains and beach. This is done to suit our vacation tastes. I felt like we should see the highlights of a couple famous cities, but we won't be spending a lot of time in museums or standing in lines in cities. We would rather sit in a cafe or bar and yak it up with whomever else happens to be there than checking off points of interest on a list.

Also, a chunk of this trip takes place in a rented car. Having done my reading beforehand, I'm certain I'll be advised to look at trains instead. I have tried to make that option work, but failed. I'll be open to suggestions if someone can show me how.

So, after landing in London we will be picked up by some friends who live in Portsmouth. We will hang with them a couple nights to acclimate before jumping a train to Paris.

4 nights in Paris. No big plans for this time, but I think my wife will enjoy just wandering around and taking it easy. We enjoy eating and drinking and talking to people we meet, so I think this is an appropriate amount of time to get a good amount of that done. At the end of the Paris stay, we rent our car and head for Germany (Garmisch-Partenkirchen).

2 nights on the road, probably around Karlshrue or Stuttgart. This are free days. I don't plan to rent accommodations months in advance for these nights. Even though the drive from Paris to Garmisch could be done in a day, I don't want to drive us anywhere near that hard. I figure we'll find ourselves a nice little B&B or hotel and have a day to make day-trips that sound interesting.

5 nights in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This is the mountains portion of the trip and Garmisch is someplace I remember from the 70s as being quite beautiful, so that's the destination. From here we can make a day trip to Augsburg (where I was stationed in the Army) and Schloss Neuschwanstein and the rest of the time just enjoy the view.

4 nights on the road, probably in 2 pairs of 2. Like the first road nights, these are free days that could be given elsewhere or spit in any combination. The next destination is in the south of France, so I'm thinking a couple nights around Verona (I think my wife would enjoy a day trip to Venice) followed by a couple nights around Nice.

6 nights in Cap d'Agde, France. I want to find us an apartment on the beach and in the naturist village. We are beach people and occasional naturists, so this really sounds like a hoot.

After that, we drive our car to Beziers and turn it in, get on a plane, and fly to London.

4 nights in London, pretty much the same agenda as Paris (i.e., none). After that, get on a plane and fly home.

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Regarding my mention earlier about trains versus cars. Paris to Garmisch (via Munch) is easy. It's Munich to Cap d'Agde that I've found to be hard. Any guidance regarding car alternatives for that leg of the trip would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

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