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Mid-November 2015--Provence/Paris or Paris Only

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We are going to France in November of this year. Our flights are booked. We wanted to go when the weather would be a little better but our only chance to go ended up being November. We have four small kids and have family that can watch them then so we decided to do it. We will be there for exactly one week.

Here are the two options we are considering:

1. Spend the week in Paris and take several day trips
2. Spend five nights in the Luberon and then two nights in Paris at the end

We have been to Paris three times previously. It's definitely our favorite large city we have visited, but we have liked the small towns in France on previous trips even more. Outside of Paris, we have been to Normandy and the Loire Valley on previous trips. So we would prefer Option #2 if we can make it work.

I realize weather could be an issue in Provence. I have looked at historical weather reports for the last ten years and have concluded our chances of getting hit by a mistral while we are there are about ten percent. That's a small enough chance that I'm willing to risk it for the reward of a great trip. If we don't have a mistral, as far as I'm concerned the weather in Provence in November looks ideal. My favorite weather is highs in the 50s and sunny or highs around 60 and overcast.

I've also researched both the Michelin Guide to Provence and Stu Dudley's Provence itinerary very carefully and noted several things will be closed, which I can live with. Most of the things we most want to see appear to be open.

We hate crowds, so we are fine with some shops being closed and towns feeling somewhat abandoned. We like that kind of atmosphere to imagine the past.

So here are my questions:

1. Is there any reason we should be leery about Provence in November that I may not have considered?
2. Where would you suggest I look for self-catering places to stay?

In relation to #3, I have noted a lot of great feedback on these boards for Mas Perreal in St Saturnin les Apt. I emailed them and their apartments are available but they don't have a couch or comfortable chairs to relax in, and that's an issue for is.

We prefer self-catering to hotels or B&Bs and we would be there from a Wednesday to a Monday so I don't believe we could use Gites de France or any of the rentals I've liked on theluberon.com So where else can I look that any of you would recommend? Are there any other B&Bs you would recommend that rent out an apartment that would have a couch and kitchen?

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

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