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Initial Draft: France & Belgium; Please critique. Thanks!

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My husband and I are planning a 24 day trip (plus travel time) to France with 5 days in Belgium in May 2014. This will be our eighth time visiting France (have never visited Belgium) and we'd like to visit areas which we haven't seen before. A visit to Bruges in Belgium (accommodations booked) and some of the Battlefields near Ipers are must-sees as is the National Park and surrounding area of the Midi-Pyrenees.

We realize there's a considerable distance between these 2 points and don't mind driving several hours from one place to another. In our itinerary we've tried to be aware of driving time and of having at least 3 nights in each area.

We've visited Paris and southern France (Luberon ... love!) several times and have also spent time in the Charente Maritime, Languedoc Roussillon, Dordogne and the French Basques Country.

We've managed to get a great deal on return tickets to Paris (large penalty to change) and are seriously considering a 'lease buy back' which has worked well in the past. (at CDG) We would really appreciate your critiques of our initial itinerary. We'd also like to hear about alternate areas/places to visit as well as suggestions for B and B's in any area we've listed. Depending on the country we're visiting, we've rented cottages and have also enjoyed B and B's, hotels/inns and home stays. This time we've decided to opt for the informality and social aspects of comfortable B and B's. Many thanks!

Day 1. Arrive Paris CDG 8:30 a.m.; drive A1 for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to Albert and overnight; we don't want to drive far after a long haul flight and do have concerns about driving anywhere the first day at all. Suggestions/Comments?

Days 2 & 3 Visit Beaumont Hamel (Newfoundland Memorial) a.m.; afternoon drive to Ipers (Belgium) for 2 nights

Days 4, 5 & 6. Bruges (Belgium)

Days 7, 8 & 9. Beaune area??? Or ??? suggestions?

Days 10, 11, 12, 13. Luberon??? Or ??? suggestions?

14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. Midi-Pyrenees National Park and surrounding area

20, 21, 22, 23. Toulouse area (likely Albi as friends live nearby)

Day 24. Drop car at Toulouse airport; TGV to CDG; overnight nearby (prefer not to drive Toulouse to CDG route for 8+ hours)

Day 25. Fly home at 1:30 p.m.

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