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Itinerary Advice - France - Paris - Normandy - Brittany - October 2013

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We (retired couple) are planning a two week vacation (14 nights) to Paris, Normandy and Brittany in October. We enjoy traveling independently and we are fine with making our own arrangements. We've booked the air portion of our trip, but we need to get serious about the land portion. We have been to Paris before (we spent about 10 days in Paris) and we loved the city, but we would like to spend some time travelling in France on this trip also, specifically in Normandy and Brittany. I do not have a problem driving (a stick shift) and we really like the versatility that using a car can provide.

We have traveled throughout the USA and Canada and in the British Isles without reservations (those times were in spring or autumn - not during high tourist season) and we liked the flexibility it gave us. Maybe France is different and we will need to make reservations (one of the reasons why we are traveling again in October is to hopefully avoid large crowds). Can we travel to Honfleur, Bayeux, Dinan, etc. without reservations, or should pick a place to stay and make reservations?
1. We are planning to pick up a car somewhere other than CDG (possibly Versailles, Vernon, Caen, ??) to avoid driving in Paris, then travel to Giverny and on to Honfleur. Our itinerary, as it stands right now is:

1. 1st night / Paris (get some rest)
2. 2nd night / Paris
3. 3rd night / Head out of town / See Giverny / stay in Honfleur
4. 4th night / Honfleur
5. 5 & 6 nights / Bayeux
6. Drive to Mont Saint Michel from Bayeux / Stay in Dinan for 2 nights
7. ?? 2 more nights in Brittany / Paimpol area / Carnac area / ??
8. back to Paris for 4 nights.
My ancestry is Celt (Irish, Scot, Welsh), thus my interest in Brittany. Where else would you recommend that we stay in Brittany for the other two nights at the end of our car Journey?
We hope to spend some time (limited as it may be) in the French countryside and stopping in small French cities or villages, or along the coast. We would like to stay in B&B's or small French hotels. They seem to provide a better chance to interact with local people and other travelers. In the past we have been given some wonderful recommendations about what to see, where to eat, etc. from inn-keepers and other guests in places where we have stayed. We avoid large hotels that cater to tourists and the size of the room doesn't matter very much to us. We feel that we are just there to sleep. We both speak a little French (very little) but what we don't know about the language we make up in effort. We slaughter the language, but the French people always seem to appreciate the fact that we actually try and they quickly help us with directions, menus, etc.
Thank you very much for your help.

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