family trip in France : 2 options

Nov 6th, 2019, 08:27 AM
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I'd go down to Narbonne as an especially interesting town/city.
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In the Languedoc, consider the Gorges du Tarn region.

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Nov 6th, 2019, 01:40 PM
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The central part of Carcassonne (NOT the cité) is delightful.

Narbonne is fabulous. And the train ride along the Med to Collioure is wonderful.
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The Cite is delightful (IMO) if you get there by 8:30am and explore the inner & outer walls, the village, go on the self-guided chateau tour from 10 to 11, and depart immediately after the tour. We were underwhelmed with the inside of the Cite at night. The views at night of the Cite from the autoroute and the lookout just off the autoroute were much better.

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Nov 6th, 2019, 04:27 PM
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3) When you say Languedoc, do you have any specific recommendations or places to see/stay ?

We especially like Uzes and it is pretty central to most things in the area. It is a charming town but be aware given that you will be there in peak tourist season (like many other families with school age kids) most places will be crowded. We have stayed right in Uzes at a property called La Taverne which was pretty nice. One advantage is that it is right next to the public underground pay parking lot (the hotel gives a discount). This is good because like many of the smaller towns in this area are very walkable and it is easiest to just park your car and only use it when you need it to go explore. We have also stayed at a nicer higher end hotel called the Boutique Hôtel Entraigues. It is nicer historic building and has a pool which is nice. There are many people on this forum who have stayed in Uzes and may have other places to mention. The village has a well known and lovely market and there are other well known markets in the villages around there. One of the big attractions of the area is the Pont du Gard, which is wonderful. During the summer they illuminate the bridge and it really is magical.

We also enjoyed a lovely dinner at a nearby village in that area called Castillon-du-Gard. The restaurant is called L'AMPHITRYON and really nice-not too stuffy or pricey and they do have a more casual grillades focused sister restaurant called Les Jarres nearby. Another thing you might enjoy in the trip you are planning through the area is the Millau bridge- le Viaduc de Millau. It may or may not be on your route depending on your final plans but if you get a chance to see it-it is impressive. As of November 2018, it is the tallest bridge in the world, having a structural height of 336.4 metres (1,104 ft).

Agenda | Site du Pont du Gard

I also meant to add a note to you for the Dordogne area. Many of us like to base in Sarlat-however, the crowds can be hard in the summer months. We stayed last year in a property just about 5 minutes drive from town that was nice (with a pool and lawn area and parking) called Hôtel Le Mas del Pechs. It might allow you to still be near all the nice parts of Sarlat but be a bit away from the action. I think you can also walk down a path from the hotel into town-but it will probably be a bit steep coming back up. We also loved a restaurant in that area called O Plaisir Des Sens on the road into La Roque-Gageac run by a lovely family. Again easy parking and they have both a more formal gastro-type dining space but also a more bistro casual area for lunches as well.

Have a great trip-it seems to be shaping up!
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Nov 8th, 2019, 03:02 PM
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En général Nous restons 2 semaines pour une région.*
Dordogne : 2 semaines*
bretagne : idem
Normandie : idem
Provence : idem.*

Nous nous procurons le guide vert Michelin (écrit par des français pour des français). Il comporte des itinéraires.*
L'autre possibilité est de foncer comme des bœufs et de tout voir en peu de temps. Nous aimons moins.*
A vous de voir !**
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