France Family Vacation

Aug 13th, 2010, 10:09 AM
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kerouac- we are arriving at CDG on Saturday morning. Would it be realistic to drive into the city and find a parking spot. Also which area do you think would be the best place to explore our first day since we will buy our train pass and museum pass for later in the week? Maybe a river cruise to get a lay of the land??

If you can find your way there, the Bâteaux-Mouches have a free parking lot on the banks of the Seine. You have to get to the Pont de l'Alma at the end of avenue George V and drive down the ramp to where the boats are on the left side of the bridge. Plenty of parking for cars and buses.

If you have a good street map, it is really quite simple to get there and would be a terrific way to begin your trip.
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Aug 14th, 2010, 12:46 AM
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Mazz I've tried rain and cold & I've tried sun (lived in UK and Sweden before moving to the Med).

Warmth and sun is better !

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Aug 15th, 2010, 09:42 AM
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Stay in Bayeux for the WWII sites.
If you get the Michelin Guide to Normandy you will see teh Abbey Road out of Rouen toward Honfleur--as I said a string of medieval churches.
I can see no reason to drive into Paris. And I HAVE driven in Paris.
We also travelled with a wonderful friend who came ashore at Omaha as an 18 year old. He had been back to Europe and Paris many times since, but until our trip (about 10 years ago now) he had never walked down the Champs toward the Arc as he did as a soldier until that trip. It was truly special.
The beaches are an awesome sight.
Personally I would enjoy Normandy to the hilt and leave the Loire for another time. Otherwise it will be a drive by.
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Aug 15th, 2010, 10:58 AM
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Just my opinion, but I think either Normandy or Alsace is much more interesting than the Loire area, and your "kids" would surely be impressed with the WWII sites.
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Aug 15th, 2010, 11:16 AM
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Not sure if you are staying in the same area, but some friends used their Disney points for a timeshare near Disney Paris. They were disappointed at how much time they spent travelling to Paris, and also that they couldn't stop back at their room in the middle of the day. They said they wish they had stayed in Paris.

Normandy, Bayeux and Mont St-Michel were very interesting to us and our teenage boys. (We also spent a week piloting a barge down a canal, through a series of locks, which was an interesting way to travel.)
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Aug 15th, 2010, 12:18 PM
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Gretchen- Thanks for the info. I am finding so much to see in Normandy that I am still not sure about the Loire. I wish we had more time. So much to do, so little time.

Grandmere- I did think about Alsace. I was a homeschool mom and visiting place we studied about is pretty compelling.

Travelgirl2- I am aware we have a commute into Paris, but the timeshare was a gift for the we are quite content.
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