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I'm overwhelmed. I've spent quite a lot of time all over the south of France, but mostly as part of very long (3 to 5 month) vacations. But next September, the two of us would like to do that area. But we only have TWO weeks, sigh! Peter has never been anywhere in France except Paris (a couple of times). He's not big on lots of moving around, probably doing more like several stops of three or four nights each. We love pretty upscale (rather than quaint and funky) hotels. If we stay in Nice or Cannes, we'd probably do the Hyatt simply because we can usually do those for "free". For a really wonderful place (but hopefully less than $400 or $500 a night -- a great destination hotel might be a good starting point for a particular area or city. (Not into renting apartments this trip). But we really prefer being "in the thick of things" wherever we stay. A country hotel where we have to drive to dinner is NOT for us.

There is so much I want to show him, but I guess I need some outside help to narrow it down. We travel to eat! And we both love nice museums and beautiful landscapes. We can entertain ourselves by simply soaking up local atmosphere -- markets, walking, signtseeing.
What would be your favorite places to get a good feel? Aix for Provence -- or a smaller town? Maybe even do a full week there with a car to incorporate nice towns? Nice or Cannes for the Riviera? Should we try to incorporate Bordeaux (love the wineries) or Dordogne?

I guess I'm expecting the impossible -- someone to say "here's how I'd do the two weeks and where I'd stay". I just keep bouncing all over the place because I love it all and am having a hard time thinking what Peter might like the best. For what it's worth, when we did Italy a couple years ago, we loved staying in Siena a full week and exploring out from there with a few days in Venice first. More so than the year we hopped (by plane) from Barcelona to Amsterdam to Brugge to Paris.

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