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My friend and I are flying into Nice, renting a car and driving to Toulouse (where we will be flying out from). Our trip will be 16 days the last week of March and the first two weeks of April. We will be staying with his family in Nice for two or three nights then taking a road trip to Toulouse, stopping along the way at:

Aix-en-Provence
Orange (Triumphal Arch and Roman Theater)
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (mostly to see the Ruins of Glanum)
the Camargue (we want to see the flamingos, black bulls and white horses)
Carcassone (see the Cathar Castles)
Caves at Niaux in the Ariege region
le parc de l'art prehistorique in the Ariege region
Auch
Mirande
Montegut-Arros
Termes D'Armagnac
Montréal du Gers (mostly to see the Roman tiles).


My friend's main interests are photography and cuisine. My main interests are archaeology and ancient/pre-medieval history/culture. We both are really interested in meeting the locals (my friend speaks fluent French so conversing shouldn't be too much of an issue) and getting a idea of their daily life and culture as well as getting a chance to enjoy the natural wonders. We are hoping to get to see some village markets on their market days.


I am hoping to get some recommendations for:
1. Where to stay (we prefer bed and breakfasts in small villages, except for maybe a night or two in Aix-en-Provence)
2. Other points of interest along our route that we should not miss out on.
3. I imagine in late March/early April the Pyrenees will be covered in snow but will it be possible to some light hikes in the valleys and near the base of the mountain range? If so, does anyone having any suggestions as to which trails would be most scenic?
4. My friend would like to spend an evening in Andorra and see some of the natural wonders up there. At the time of year we are traveling, I'm wondering if the hiking would be too intense or dangerous. I am also wondering if the public transportation (I imagine there is a bus) is still running at that time of year. We have heard car rental companies don't want us taking their cars up there.

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