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More France (have been ? 6 times) or 1st visit to UK?

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Okay. Late planning as usual for us, and I'd like some feedback for a trip of perhaps three weeks-- end of Sept. into Oct. We are much more comfortable winging it than many people who post here, but we do at least need a general plan.

We are thinking of starting with a week in France for a not too arduous bicycle trip. Then, how to spend the rest of our time?

We are from the US and have visited France perhaps 6 to 8 times. Obviously we like France, and there are still many places on our to-visit list. OTOH, despite having visited most of Europe we've never been to the UK (closest we've been is Ireland which we did enjoy). Now, I've been reading that thanks to Brexit this is a really inexpensive and good time to visit the UK. So, I'm wondering if perhaps we should split our trip between the countries and make our first foray into the UK.

We enjoy a mix of history, nature, beautiful gardens, museums, nice walks, interesting architecture, interesting foods, and we are happy just wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere of new places. Also, we prefer to be in places that are a bit more challenging and definitely tell us we are not at home any more. We are fine not speaking the language and have no problems managing, so that alone isn't enough to push us to an English-speaking area.

To help you know a bit more about us, in many ways we prefer central and more eastern European countries to western Europe because it is more different for us. We are retired and very experienced travelers who typically prefer slower travel. I'll be honest that we are getting to the age where we have realized we should do the more strenuous and active types of traveling now while we can, so we are also factoring that into our decision of where to go and what to do. Plus, there is the weather factor. While we certainly aren't wanting beach-type weather, we also don't want to set ourselves up for non-stop rainy weather. Cool and mostly clear is fine.

I know England has many magnificent palaces, gardens and museums, but I also know that many Brits spend lots of time in France and move there. What do you think? We don't always do the typical beaten path types of places. Should we venture into the UK or stick with France? Thanks much.

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