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astordiner Jun 28th, 2006 02:04 PM

2 weeks: Nimes and ??Dordogne or Lot or Languedoc?
We hav 3 nights in Nimes (will visit Uzes, Aigues-Mortes) and then 10 nights to visit either Dordogne or Lot or Languedoc. I've read helpful and excellent posts from this community which have contributed to our wanting to visit the south of France. This may be our last France trip. I will appreciate recommendations of the "top" sites to visit given 10 nights. We'd like to minimize the number of moves if possible but perhaps this is a contradiction to seeing the "top" sites. Our interests are pre-historic caves, castles, art, picturesque towns, medieval and Renaissance history, some shopping opportunities - food is not priority. Canoeing is out since one of our party is fearful of deep water. If seeing the scenery from the water is a Top site, I trust we can find a bigger boat outfit. Thank you for reading.

Robdaddy Jun 28th, 2006 05:52 PM


OReilly Jun 28th, 2006 05:57 PM

Hi Astordiner:

I have been to the Dordogne and Languedoc and I would chose Dordogne in a heartbeat, particularly given your criteria. I absolutely love the area. I wrote a full trip report for the Dordogne and will top it for you.

Regards Ger

StCirq Jun 28th, 2006 07:21 PM

Ger's got it right. Head for the Dordogne, with a nice meander through the Lot on the way.

Dave_in_Paris Jun 28th, 2006 09:17 PM

If you have some leisure to decide, you might want to read two excellent nonfiction books by Michael Sanders, "From Here you Can't see Paris," and "Families of the Vine," both set in the Lot. The first of these is one of the two best books about France I've read in the last two decades.

astordiner Jun 29th, 2006 08:39 AM

Thanks for taking the time to reply. St. Cirq - how long and which way do you suggest I meander in the Lot? Do you mean through Millau and the Gorges du Tarn? Thanks.

blackduff Jun 29th, 2006 08:49 AM

If you're going to meander across the viaduct at Millau, you waited too long. The price just increased. Certainly it's still affordable but it's more than it has been last year. Today's newspapers!


cparris Jun 29th, 2006 08:55 AM

I would try to see Albi, Cordes sir Ciel, figeac, St. Circ, Rocamadour, Martel... You can see one of the caves in that area. Its very pleasant driving along one of the rivers. You could definately spend 4 nights in that area exploring. Also check into when the towns have markets. We stopped at one in Villefranche-de-Rouergue which was nice and also markets in Sarlat and Gourdon.(Sarlat is the biggest and best of the three, but depending on the day you can find one in many towns)We also enjoyed Sarlat, Domme, La roque, Castlenaud, Brantome and Bourdeilles. The whole area is very beautiful.

THERESA10 Jul 2nd, 2006 11:42 AM

Though I only stayed the day in Nimes (with a group of French students) I enjoyed Myself so much. We had to leave Nimes early because of a Protest in which they were expecting Hundreds of People. But what a Beautiful City. I had one of the Best Lunches there too. At a little Family owned Bakery next to a Flower shop. I also bought My Granddaughter the cutest little outfits at a Baby Clothing store. I will cherish those forever. I am heart Sick when I think if the memories of the city. Old mixied with the New. The River, The tower, The Park, The Roman Statue in the middle of town, all the doggies, The Colliseum and sitting at the Nimes aqua ducts. I am very Happy for You and I hope You enjoy it, and I hope to be back there soon.
Theresa From Detroit...

ira Jul 2nd, 2006 02:22 PM

Hi A,

From Nimes to The Dordogne, I suggest a motor trip.

Drive from Nimes to St. Chely du Tarn - stay overnight.

From there drive to Conques and stay the night at the Moulin de Cambelong.
(I have been waiting for 2 years to find someone who will be in the neighborhood, so I can recommend this.)

Next day, on to Grotte de Peche Merle via Figeac. We stayed at the Hotel Terminus in Cahor.

Next day, on to Beynac-et-Cazenac via Bonaguil and Puy-Leveque. This will take you through the valley of the Lot.

You will be able to see the Tarn, Cele, Lot and Dordogne river valleys, and some amazing scenery.

See my trip report for more details:;tid=34676645

Photos at


RosieinOz Jul 2nd, 2006 03:02 PM


swagman Jul 3rd, 2006 05:05 AM


astordiner Jul 3rd, 2006 06:04 AM

Once again, thanks. ira and cparris, is there a way we can combine both of your recommendations or 4would it be too much given our 2 week limit? ira, I'd read your highly informative trip report before and believe you went from Albi across to the Tarn Gorges. Is this the route you recommend to get to St. Chely? Sometimes it's hard to discern which towns/sites people found "okay" versus "wow" but ira, you left no doubt about the Cambelong.

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