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kc1 Apr 21st, 2010 03:14 PM

Favourite place in France?
So if you could return to your favourite destination in France (besides Paris, of course), where would it be? And why?

JoeCal Apr 21st, 2010 04:29 PM

Ok - I'll be first. My favorite destination is the ridge between the Lot and the Dordogne river valleys. Stay in the countryside in a comfortable Gite with all of the sites within a 40 minute drive in any direction. In fact, if the volcano doesn't smoke too much, I am going back again this fall (and I can't wait). Why? Because it is so beautiful around there - and all of it is steeped in history...and they all speak French (and tolerate my efforts at it). I don't think any place of historical standing calls to me quite so strongly. It is like living in a novel or better.

cathies Apr 21st, 2010 05:26 PM

JoeCal this is really weird. I would also like to return to the Lot. The scenery is spectacular. We stayed in a gorgeous Gite in Albas. The reason I say weird is that isn't a region that is mentioned very often on Fodor's. I doubt we'll get back there though as there are still too many other undiscovered (for us) parts of France.

leuk2 Apr 21st, 2010 06:37 PM

paddling down the Dordogne river in a canoe.

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dgassa Apr 21st, 2010 07:38 PM

Now ain't that something. I too stayed Albas on the Lot. For me it was B&B, La Carrire. It was the favorite place on our 2006 trip. We're leaving next week for France and beyond and will be near the Lot, but want to explore new places.

cigalechanta Apr 21st, 2010 07:56 PM

In Provence, Les Alpilles, because it's beautiful and I have friends there.

MissInformation Apr 21st, 2010 08:07 PM

Hi cigale,

Have you been to moulin Jean Marie Cornille? I love their olive oil.

cathies Apr 21st, 2010 09:58 PM

dgassa I remember when you and I worked out that we had both stayed at La Carriere - lovely village and great hostess. We are in the same position - would love to return, but there are too many other areas we haven't seen. Hope you have a great trip!

Echnaton Apr 21st, 2010 10:25 PM

We have many favourite places in France, but there is one place where we have been about 20 times and where we will be again next September: the Esterel coast - stunning scenery, perfect climate, lots of opportunities for swimming, hiking and sightseeing. Did I mention food?

This is my favourite spot: 43°27'27.98"N 6°55'19.17"E

JoeCal Apr 22nd, 2010 10:46 AM

Cathies and dgassa - Isn't it wonderful that you can go back and face the dilema of whether to return to the old places or go fnd new ones? I think so. I am trying to do both this year - back to the Lot/Dordogne area and also down to Langeudoc and Provence (even a week in Germany). Some old and some new. Maybe I'll find a new favorite or simply reinforce the selection I made for this post. I can't wait to find out (4 more months).

StCirq Apr 22nd, 2010 11:17 AM

Duh, Saint-Cirq :)

cigalechanta Apr 22nd, 2010 11:25 AM

Missinformation, yes, my favorite olive oil.

TPAYT Apr 22nd, 2010 11:43 AM

Eze-----we have visited there several times and found it charming. Now if we win the lottery there are several lovely hotels that we would love to stay in for a while.

2nd choice,Villefranche-sur-mer. More reasonable in price.

3rd choice, Tourettes-sur-loop. Beautiful location in the hills.

Nikki Apr 22nd, 2010 11:46 AM

I haven't been to enough places in France to be sure of my theory, but I believe I could stick a map of France on the wall, throw a dart, and be very happy wherever it landed.

Hastobe_Katt Apr 22nd, 2010 11:58 AM

The Dordogne...that's why we chose to live there :D!

avalon Apr 22nd, 2010 12:21 PM

I'm with Nikki!!

JustineA Apr 22nd, 2010 01:41 PM

Where exactly is moulin Jean Marie Cornille?

RondaTravels Apr 22nd, 2010 02:16 PM

Nice. Love to base here and then drive around surrounding areas -- east to Menton (and all the towns in-between) and up into the hills a little west -- Grasse, St. Paul de Vence, etc. Going back as soon as I can . . .
And if you go to Nice, visit the restaurant Bienvenue in the old town. One of my fave restaurants in the world!

StCirq Apr 22nd, 2010 02:16 PM

It's in Maussane-les-Alpilles. If you drive in from the east on the D17, there's a sign on your right just before you hit the little traffic circle at the entrance to town. You make a right there onto a little country lane, then the next right, and follow it for a mile or so, and you'll see signs.

Not only is their olive oil award-winning and wonderful, their soaps and shampoos and confits and other products are all just fabulous.

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