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Best time of year for Provence & Dordogne

Best time of year for Provence & Dordogne

Old Dec 24th, 2007, 02:46 PM
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Best time of year for Provence & Dordogne

I've been enjoying the suggestions for visiting these two regions and now have a choice of traveling in Sept/Oct 2008 or May/June of 2009.
Would appreciate Fodorites' recommendations.
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Old Dec 24th, 2007, 02:52 PM
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September or October are marvelous times to visit Provence. The weather is still pleasant (but not overly hot) and the crowds are mostly gone, especially after mid-September. That's our favorite time.
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We visited both regions in late Sept/early Oct 2006 and found the weather to be perfect. Lots of sun, not too hot, and not too crowded.
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We've spent well over 15 weeks in various areas in Provence, and over 8 weeks in the Dordogne.

Late June is my favorite time in Provence because the lavender & sunflower fields are in bloom then. It's usually warm, and you can dine outside at night - plus you have the long daylight hours.

We enjoy the Dordogne the most in Sept when there's a hint of fall in the air, chestnuts are dropping from trees, and the the rich food there seems to fit the scene.

If you're planning on 1 trip to visit both the Dordogne & Provence, arrange it so that you're in Provence in late June or early July so you can admire the lavender fields and take advantage of the long daylight hours.

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I like the Spring because of all the people trying to avoid the crowds go in the fall.
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"Late June is my favorite time in Provence because the lavender & sunflower fields are in bloom then. It's usually warm, and you can dine outside at night - plus you have the long daylight hours.'

That pretty much sums it up for me. However, good points also about doing it after mid-sept.
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Over the course of 45 years of travel in and around France, we have spent a lot of time in Provence and the Cote D'Azure and have been there in spring fall and mid-winter.

Our favorite time of year is spring, especially June.
We love the fields of poppies,lavander and sunflowers,and the fact that everything is fresh and green. We find fall, when everything is brown and burned out from the intense summer heat, unappealing.
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May/June for the Dordogne because all the orchards are in bloom and it makes the landscape so soft.

September/October for Provence because the light in the air is just gorgeous that time of year.
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