Favourite place in France?

Apr 21st, 2010, 03:14 PM
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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?
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Apr 21st, 2010, 04:29 PM
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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.
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Apr 21st, 2010, 05:26 PM
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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.
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Apr 21st, 2010, 06:37 PM
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paddling down the Dordogne river in a canoe.
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Apr 21st, 2010, 07:01 PM
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Aix-en-Provence
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Apr 21st, 2010, 07:38 PM
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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.
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Apr 21st, 2010, 07:56 PM
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In Provence, Les Alpilles, because it's beautiful and I have friends there.
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Apr 21st, 2010, 08:07 PM
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Hi cigale,

Have you been to moulin Jean Marie Cornille? I love their olive oil.
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Apr 21st, 2010, 09:58 PM
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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!
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Apr 21st, 2010, 10:25 PM
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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
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 10:46 AM
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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).
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 11:17 AM
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Duh, Saint-Cirq
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 11:25 AM
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Missinformation, yes, my favorite olive oil.
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 11:43 AM
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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.
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 11:46 AM
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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.
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 11:58 AM
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The Dordogne...that's why we chose to live there !
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 12:21 PM
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I'm with Nikki!!
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 01:41 PM
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Where exactly is moulin Jean Marie Cornille?
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 02:16 PM
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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!
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Apr 22nd, 2010, 02:16 PM
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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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