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With the help of experienced nice travellers on fodors like Stu Dudely, StCinq and others I planned my last three summer trips. The first was to Provence ( with Avignon as a base) and Tuscany (with Pienza as a base) and the second to Dordogne (with lovely Sarlat as a base). We also saw Loire Valley on the way from Dordogne to Paris ( base was Tours). All went very well and the bases were convenient. We also covered cote Azure (base was Nice).
This summer we have less time and an infant of 2 months old ( in addition to my 5 year old baby)..it will be the last two weeks in Aug and first week of Sept.
We have to start in Paris for 6 days or say first week. I need to look for two more bases ( in two other areas/region. i want to choose something near Paris ( not more than 3 hr driving if possible)..I also need to go back to my country from either paris or Lyon...
I read on Fodors site that Britany is your third favourite.
Can anyone recommend something similar to the regions above (although I know those are the best)...
I was doing a lot of research and have a kind of some ideas like:
1. Paris to Rennes to Angers ( fly out of Paris)
2. Paris to Lyon to Geneva to Turin (fly out of Milan) - I know Switzerland and Italy but my son and husband would like Geneva and I always wanted to see Torino (not sure if it is worth it?)
3. Paris to Bordeaux to Carcassonne to Barcelona (fly out of Barcelona - this is the most favourite as an idea but I realise the most inconvenient driving wise)

We will rent a car and like to drive to see countrysides so using the train is not an option 1. Cause we don't travel light and 2. We like as to be flexible to stop anytime and see the country side.

Feel free to comment on the three ideas and also to recommend another areas if you like.
Another specific questions for my own info and sanity: 1. Which is nicer? Rennes or Lyon? 2.Languedoc or Brittany is nicer? 3.Brittany or Burgundy?4. Lyon or Bordeaux?

Forgot to mention but am sure you figured out our interests from the locations we already have been to:
Lovely villages with cobbled streets alleys
Nice green country side with mountains or not
Ability to visit nearby areas with least amount of driving
Nice food and lively piazzas or centres and nice old part if it is a city or big town...with cafes and restaurants...
Sea or river or fountains as a view!
The base to be convenient with Macdonalds if possible (for my son)!
Thanks in advance

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