First trip to France, route?

Feb 8th, 2011, 07:47 AM
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First trip to France, route?

I'm about to hit the button for my tickets, $717 or $724 (extra night) on Aer Lingus from Boston. This fare is a sale for May 17 and I don't think I will do any better for that time. Any thoughts on that? So into Paris, fly to southern area for 6 nights and head back for last 5 days in Paris to get plane there. That way we wouldn't have to rush back. I know the train ride is long but is it worth scenery coming back or stick with the plane ride? Any favorite hidden spot suggestions? Still checking out hotels, any favorites?
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Feb 8th, 2011, 08:06 AM
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>>fly to southern area <<

Where, specifically??? Nice, Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse, Perpignan, Pau, Biarritz??? What areas do you plan to visit after flying into one of these airports?

I think you need to do some location/hotel research on your own first.....

Stu Dudley
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Feb 8th, 2011, 08:20 AM
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"Southern area" covers a massive amount of territory. Are you going to the Riviera? Provence? Basque Country? The Dordogne? Languedoc-Roussillon? Midi-Pyrénnées? No point in getting granular about hotels until you/we know where you're headed. I trust you have a detailed map of the country.

Depending on where you're headed, the train ride MIGHT be long, or it might be under 3 hours. But again, we'd need some idea of your location.
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Feb 8th, 2011, 08:24 AM
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I have a lot of research left, just wondering about the basic route/plan, opinion on train ride vs. time to catch an Easy Jet flight. Stu, thanks for the itineraries.
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Feb 8th, 2011, 08:33 AM
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If, for example you were going to Lyon, you could land at CDG, walk over to the TGV station and be in Lyon mid-afdternoon and then reverse for catching flight home.

Lyon is the culinary capital of France (they brag) And has some nice stuff to visit, including roman ruins. beaches.
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Feb 8th, 2011, 08:49 AM
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I would take the train from the south to Paris, I only take flights in those situations when they are add-ons to an arriving flight (or to a departing one from the country). I always take the train if it is just to get between two cities where I am staying. It isn't a matter of scenery, in particular, it's not that great along the TGV line up to Paris. I just hate airports and all the hassle of them, and getting to/from them.
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