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Paris/Lyon/Toulouse and a jump to Rome? Your thoughts appreciated :)

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Hello! First, I've poured over many of the various threads in the France section and have found so much useful information - thank you to so many of you who graciously offer your advice.

I'm planning a roughly 2-week trip and will primarily be focusing on France with a jaunt down to Rome. A friend will be living in Toulouse for a year so I'd love to visit France while she's there and there are a few friends in Rome that I would like to see, particularly one who is only living there for one more year. I've been to Italy for about 2.5 months total, but France is uncharted territory for me.

I'd love some feedback on my initial itinerary as well as a few questions below. At this point, I'm assuming I'll be taking trains. (If my friend in Toulouse plus 2 mutual friends come up from Rome to join us, we would take a car. But if they do come, they won't be able to join us for the whole trip, just a part.)

Priorities for the trip: I love history, art, Gothic architecture, music, ballet, and Catholic sites of pilgrimage. I know one could spend a lifetime in Paris/France and never be satisfied but I'm trying to balance a little of it all - a little art museum time here, some wine tasting there, a ballet/music concert of some kind if possible, great food (on a relatively moderate budget - cheaper fare with maybe a splurge once or twice), a boat ride on the Seine, eating macarons and drinking coffee, strolling the markets, etc.

5 Overnights in Paris
Daytrip to Lisieux (anyone know if bus or train is better?)
DT to Normandy (both my grandfathers were at D-Day, what a great opportunity to visit)
DT to Chartres (noticed on another thread the recommendation for a tour with Malcom Miller)

1 Overnight heading south, I'd like to make a relatively quick stop in Nevers and Paray-le-Monial. I figure 1 overnight could cover both - thoughts?

Travel to Lyon with 2 Overnights in Lyon
DT to Ars is the primary means for staying in Lyon. Other recommendations in the area? Or is one night sufficient and better to move on?

Travel to Toulouse and 3 Overnights in Toulouse
DT to Lourdes

Travel to Florence with 2 ON

Travel to Roma with 3 ON

Now, a few questions/thoughts:
- do you have recommendations for vineyard tours in Lyon? Or Toulouse? Or somewhere else along the general path above?

- I could nix the Toulouse part of the trip. Pros: I'd have a free place to stay with my friend and I would like to visit Lourdes. Cons: would it be better to stay longer in Paris or explore another area (Avignon, etc) and not go so far west, especially if I would like to make that jaunt down to Rome? Any thoughts on the merits of Toulouse?

- I'm not sold on stopping in Florence - I've spent a week there and it's really only an excuse to head to 2 particular places I didn't get to the 1st time around. If I don't take the train, I won't stop in Florence and thus I'd likely spend the extra time in Paris and its environs.

- Would it be cheaper/better to fly from France to Rome or to take the train? If flying, out of Nice? Or other place of departure?

If any of that needs clarification please let me know. Thank you in advance!

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