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2 weeks in France - 1 week in Paris then where?? HELP

2 weeks in France - 1 week in Paris then where?? HELP

Old Nov 5th, 1997, 09:02 AM
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2 weeks in France - 1 week in Paris then where?? HELP

We have 2 weeks in France. After spending 1 week in Paris we want to rent a car and drive but where? It looks like there are great places east and west? Eventually, we need to end up in Nice for our flight home. What are the best towns between Paris and Nice....a night here and there or several days in one location? I'm a first timer if you couldn't guess. Thanks! Marcie
 
Old Nov 5th, 1997, 09:57 AM
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Fran
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We went to Normany and toured the D-Day beaches..very moving. Then on to Mount St.Michel, one of the wonders of the world then to the Loire Valley to see some Cheateaux. That should be a perfect week....!
 
Old Nov 5th, 1997, 10:22 AM
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You really can't go wrong anywhere you drive in France! However, I think you would enjoy going to Avignon to see the Palace of the Popes,and the general provence area including Arles (Roman Colosseum)and Aix-en-Provence. From there I would visit Nice and Monaco. I would stay away from Marseille-Very large and not a good place for a car. You could also decide to visit either Dijon or Lyon on your way to Avignon if time permits.
 
Old Nov 5th, 1997, 10:37 AM
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Gino Giannetti
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As an added thought, look into buying a French rail pass for one week. All the towns I mentioned are easily accessable by train and you can take day trips to any of them. Futhermore, you don't need a car in any of these places. When you consider the car rental, drop off charges, high vat tax and high toll road fees, a train would appear to be a better deal and you travel on first class on truly beautiful trains. I've done it many times and it really works!
 
Old Nov 5th, 1997, 12:58 PM
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Without looking at a map, I don't recall if the following is feasible on your way to Nice, but I enjoyed the Loire Valley using Blois as a base. Beautiful chateaus and great food. Reims was also spectacular, although I'd only stay a day or two. After reading Peter Mayle's books, I'd find it hard to forego Provence on my next trip. If you need any specific information on Blois or Reims, send me a note. Enjoy!
 
Old Nov 5th, 1997, 04:29 PM
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It may be out of the way, but I'd say go to Chamonix in Haute Savoie (near Switzerland). I was there last spring. It's spectacular. Stay in the Hotel Savoyarde (a B&B). Room 5 overlooks Mount Blanc. Take the telepherique (gondola) up the mountain and you can get a close up of Mount Blanc. The town of Chamonix is a ski resort. There are lots of good restaurant. We had a fabulous time. Hope you enjoy your trip.
 
Old Nov 6th, 1997, 04:26 PM
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Make sure you get to Monaco - we loved it! It's a fascinating place - with the Casino, the Palace, the gardens and marina, and just the richness of the place! Check out all the fancy yachts and cars in the place. Visit Princess Grace's grave in the little church near the Palace.
 
Old Nov 7th, 1997, 06:45 AM
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Message: Not knowing what you are really interested in, I'll tell you that I fell in love with the small town of SARLAT, west of Bordeaux. There are many small quaint towns in the area plus you have the caves with prehistoric paintings which you may find interesting. I know that I'm going back to that area when I get a chance.
 
Old Nov 7th, 1997, 06:51 AM
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MESSAGE: OF COURSE I MEANT EAST OF BORDEAUX,SORRY !
 
Old Nov 7th, 1997, 09:55 AM
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I would have to agree with Gino. The south of France has a feel that is like no other. In addition to Aix, Arles and Avignon there is also Nimes and countless smaller villages in the Loumarin mountains. Depending on the time of year the lavendar fields are breathtaking! Have fun.
 
Old Nov 10th, 1997, 11:36 AM
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Juliane is right, but I think she means the LUBERON mountains (with wonderful villages such as Bonnieux and the postcard-perfect Abbey de Senanque). Lourmarin is a town on the road between Apt and Aix-en-Provence. Provence IS wonderful and unique. We rented an apt. for 2 weeks in Aix and explored from there. The Burgundy region is terrific, especially if you enjoy fine wine. Beaune is about 3 hours' drive down the A6 from Orly. There's a lovely village, "Chateauneuf-en-Auxois" about 30 miles NW of Beaune - beautiful, tiny, and with a cozy 15th-century hotel with great food. (We stayed there the final night before our flight home.) The back roads of Burgundy are lovely. We also spent a weekend in Lyon (great) and drove to Chamonix (wonderful B&B on a mountainside, overlooking Mt. Blanc and the village). Have a great time!
 
Old Nov 12th, 1997, 02:37 PM
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Having travelled extensively throughout France, I have a great suggestion. If you have the time, you may want to consider driving to ALsace. This is a particularly unique region of France, and is often overlooked by tourists(which means less crowds!!!) Strasbourg is a unique city with a wonderful cathedral and a region called "little Venice" because of it's numerous canals. Another great stop is Colmar. In both of these towns you can see the heavy German influence, as this area was passed back and forth between France ans Germany. Make sure you sample some of the region's Riesling wine, as it is superb!
If you don't think you have the time, drive south, towards Provence. Avignon is fantastic, as is Nimes(the best preserved Roman arena is here), as well as Arles.
As far as the riviera goes, you can't go wrong. As well as Nice,Cannes and Monaco, take time to go to Antibes. There is a terrific Pacasso museum there that was once his studio.
Hope you have a bon voyage!
 
Old Dec 22nd, 1997, 06:38 PM
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I would love any info on REIMS. Hotels? Going 1/22/98 - 1/25/98. What vineyards to visit. Helpful books or websites. Thanks
 
Old Dec 22nd, 1997, 08:11 PM
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All of the above itineraries sound marvelous! From my own experience, however... Several years ago Gourmet Mag. ran a travel story on the Languedoc/Roussillon region of SE France. We did the trip, flying from Paris to Perpignan and renting a car. We stayed in Ceret (very Basque!) and Coullioure and finally, Montpellier. The warmth of the people and the garlic can't be topped. You could easily just continue your drive on up to Nice. Bon voyage!
 
Old Dec 22nd, 1997, 09:28 PM
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To Jon Fine - you've probaby read or heard about Boyer Les Crayeres, the Michelin 3-star hotel and restaurant in Reims. We stayed there on our last night in France this past April and treated ourselves to a lavish meal in the restaurant (my wife and I have traveled to Europe four times and have made a custom of splurging on the last night before our return home). All I can say is that it was worth every last franc, which is what we were down to after one night there. The room, the service, the dinner, the breakfast the next morning - everything was done to perfection. If you're staying longer than one night in the area, it's probabaly too expensive to stay at the hotel but perhaps you could make a dinner reservation one evening. By the way, the cathedral is worth at least a few hours of your time.
 
Old Dec 23rd, 1997, 12:21 AM
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I think I can help you. Last month we came back from a trip to France and Italy. We travelled by car. We had a leased car in Paris and returned it in Nice.
We always travelled by back roads avoiding the highways. From Paris, to Burgundy: Villeneuf sur Yonne(we stayed at Leslie Caron's auberge) Avalon, Vezelay,Dijon and Beaune - visiting the small villages. Then Lyon, a must. Paris of the 20'!!
After that Provence always through back roads. It was perfect. Enjoy your trip.
 

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