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After Paris and Loire Valley - go to Burgundy or Normandy?

Old Dec 29th, 2005, 08:08 AM
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After Paris and Loire Valley - go to Burgundy or Normandy?

We are planning our second trip to France for next fall. We are staying in Paris and the Loire Valley. We have time to add one other location for four nights and are considering either Normandy or Burgundy. From a purely logistical standpoint, does one make more sense than the other? We would be heading there after the Loire valley and then going to CDG for our flight home after that.
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Old Dec 29th, 2005, 08:21 AM
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Of course, it depends on what you like. We went to Burgundy last year and it was fantastic. It is a wine and gourmet region, but also has some history and perfectly picturesque towns.

Either way, you have to connect through Paris via train. If you're driving, there's probably a way to get from the Loire to Burgundy directly, but I've never driven it. Both are probably about the same time from Paris, assuming you're talking about the Cote D'Or area. Burgundy is a little farther, but is served very conveniently by the TGV (I think it's about 75 minutes from Dijon to Paris).
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Old Dec 29th, 2005, 09:02 AM
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Hi Boulder I can see you asking the same question again because you haven't made your mind with your previous posting in November
You had a few suggestions already for Burgundy though. As fakemark mentioned it, it is not far from the Loire Valley and you can go back straight to Paris afterwards (BTW Dijon is 1h40 from Paris and Côte d'Or is one of the department that makes Burgundy along with la Nièvre, l'Yonne and la Saône et Loire) and fall would be perfect to see the vineyards!

Have a great trip wherever you choose!
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Old Dec 29th, 2005, 09:17 AM
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I'd vote for Burgundy because you would be there, possibly, for the vendange--the grape harvest. Besides that, Burgundy in autumn is really, really beautiful.
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Old Dec 29th, 2005, 09:21 AM
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You do NOT have to go back to Paris, or connect through Paris to get to CDG from Burgundy. There is a 6:30 AM TGV from Dijon (lovely city) that goes directly to CDG and gets you there by 8:30am. We've taken this train twice, and plan to take it again next Sept. We stay at the Jura hotel in Dijon, which is 50 paces from the train station (where there is also a rental car return office). Once, we even took a train from Beaune to Dijon and caught the 6:30 train (had to get up quite early for that one)

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Old Dec 29th, 2005, 09:41 AM
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Thanks for all the info. It sounds like Burgundy would be the easiest to combine with the Loire Valley on this trip. We'll save Normandy for the another trip.
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Old Dec 29th, 2005, 09:51 AM
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super! Bienvenue en Bourgogne >< !
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Old Dec 29th, 2005, 10:08 AM
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Dear Boulder,

I hope you enjoy your time in Burgundy. Be sure to visit the Hotel Dieu in Beune, once a hospice for travelers. Beautiful architecture, especially the multi-colored tiled roofs.

Best wishes, SusanEva
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Old Dec 29th, 2005, 10:42 AM
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From the Loire valley you might want to pass by Bourges on the way to Burgundy. Apremont-sur-Allier is a "plus beau village de France," although very Disneyfied--all buildings after 1800 were removed. But it also has a beautiful garden à l'anglaise. La Charité has an interesting church, with housing built into the walls of waht used to be a larger church. For pottery, stop by La Borne, in the forest between Bourges and Sancerre.
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