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Paris + Normandy + Where? for Family Trip in Oct

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Hi all :) I need a little help planning a trip to France in Oct. My DH and I have been to Paris 3x (our favorite) and the Loire Valley once, all before we had a baby. Now our son is nearly 2 years old and we're planning on taking him to France for the first time in October. My parents will also be coming along, to give us a chance to go out to some dinners on our own, etc, so we will be a group of 4 adults + a toddler. We are all greatly looking forward to the trip, which is tentatively planned for Oct 16-Nov 1 (17 nights), but I'm trying to plan a trip that won't be too stressful with a larger group. 2 couples isn't exactly a crowd, but we'll definitely be slower and less efficient than if it were just my DH and me.

Right now, I have an apt in Paris booked for the first week, then we're planning on heading up to Bayeux in Normandy for 4 nights. Normandy in late October doesn't sound so great to me, and there will have to be some passing-our-son-back-and-forth between the 2 couples if we want to be able to see the WWII sights, b/c I don't think our son would let us take a in-depth tour with him, and I've heard it's a great idea to get a tour guide who can make the history come alive, particularly if you don't know much of it yourself. In any case, going to Normandy is a nod to my parents' wishes, so to Normandy we shall probably go. We're also considering a daytrip to Mont St Michel.

7 nights Paris + 4 Bayeux = 5 nights left. The last night needs to be spent back in Paris or even at a hotel near CDG so we can catch our flights out. So we have 4 nights to spend somewhere else. Initially I've been thinking Alsace? We've done the Loire Valley and really didn't enjoy it all that much. But I don't know all that much about the various regions of France so I could use some input, keeping in mind our group will be slowed down merely by being a group of 4.

Here's my questions: Is Normandy in Oct a disasterous idea, or does it sound ok? Is 4 nights enough? Where would you go for 4 more nights? It doesn't even have to be in France, technically, but I'd like to avoid losing an entire day to train travel. It'll be 2 hours from Bayeux back to Paris + however long the next train is. I'm SO intrigued by the Dordogne, but I think it'd make for a very long day of travel for a toddler (7 hours on a train - eek). We're looking for great food, pretty villages, and some nice sights to see. I'm sure you can find that pretty much everywhere in France, but where would you go, given the constraints presented?

p.s. Our son has already been to Buenos Aires in December. It was wonderful so I'm not terribly concerned about how it will be to bring him to France. It's just a different kind of travelling.

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