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France Itinerary for 2 months: Please critique and advise!

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My husband and I are taking a 3 1/2 month sabbatical and 2 months will be spent in France. I've been to France about 12 times and obviously love the country. We've also been taking private French lessons for about 6 months in anticipation of the trip! Ideally, we wanted to spend a week in each area of interest but as I began planning it didnt quite work out that way! Here goes:

June 17-24: Paris ( week apartment rental in St Germain)
June 24: Versailles ( ideally i anted to extend another day in paris but the apartment was already booked). Pick up rental car here.
June 25-26; Samois sur Seine . staying here specifically to see Django Reinhardt music festival.
June 27: Reims ( never been and thought it would be a good break on the way to Bastogne)
June 28-29: Bastogne ( this is a must as my DH is a big WW2 buff)
June 30-July 1: Colmar ( thought this was good break in the drive. I love Alsace but originally we were cutting it bc we spent a week there in 2012.
July 2-5 Burgundy area ( cottage rental ..could extend if I want to and have strongly considered an entire week in this area)
July 6-7: Annecy
July 9-10: Lyon or Vienne ( to specifically see the Jazz festival in their ampitheater. I could cut tis and am not that excited about Lyon for some reason . would drop off rental and take train to Nice
July 10-18 Nice ( apartment rental) . love Nice and want to be here for at least one day of the Jazz Festival and Bastille Day). We want to relax a bit here and its a break from driving for my husband too.
July 19-20: Moustiers St Marie and Gordes du Verdon Area
July 20-27: house rental in St Remy for one week to explore Provence
July 28-August 2; Dordogne/Sarlat.could extend this for a full week and have not booked accomodation yet
August 3-5; Basque area ( picked this over Bordeaux but can change)
August 5-7: Briittany ( was considering a full week here but then wanted to see Basque area)
August 8-14: Normandy area: Port en Bessin apartment rental for a week
August 14th: spend night in Giverny and drop off rental in Paris on the 15th and fly to Ireland for two weeks :)

I have purposely left out the Loire Valley bc we have already been there and while I enjoyed it I am not itching to go back. Bordeaux didn't make the cut either.

Thank you all for taking the time to review this! Even with two months we don't have enough time to do everything. Any must sees or something I have overlooked please advise. Thanks!

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