Heading to France and we need help! :-)

Mar 31st, 2009, 08:03 AM
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LowCountryIslander: Thanks for the cooking contact - I'll try to contact her. You're trip report is wonderful - I've notated it so I can find your restaurant recommendations when we're there. Thanks for taking the time to be so detailed - it really is a great resource. Also - you're photos are great - you have the new model of the same camera I have - how do you like the 18x zoom? Mine is 12x, and I love it. I would worry about the extra length because my hands are not too steady when shooting, and i would worry about blurring.

Marija: yes, I saw the trip advisor reviews on the Chateau, and they are a bit discouraging. The locations is just about perfect for us, though. We're now thinking 2 nights near Avignon, and then 2 nights north of Lyon and south of Dijon.

gracejoan2: YES! We're interested!!! How can i get in touch? The only probelm we have is we're currently booked into Jules Verne for dinner on that night, so we would need to switch that. I don't imagine that would be a problem, however.

underhill: that Chateau looks lovely - it's a bit above what we were hoping to spend, but.... I'm thinking! Les Hospitaliers Hotel in Poet-Laval looks nice, but for a short visit, do you think it's too isolated to stay there? We were thinking we could do a day trip?

KL467: Thanks for the encouraging words about the metro - we're "country-folk", so the metro seems like a major challenge.

Is anyone familiar with Velib - the bicycle rental program in Paris? It looks like a lot great way to get around Paris - as long as one doesn't have to cross major intersections!

Keep the suggestions coming - these are wonderful!

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Mar 31st, 2009, 08:19 AM
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I would look at Autoeurope for possible car rentals as well as the sister company Kemwel which sometimes gives better rates for the same cars at the same locations.

You will pay MORE for an automatic than you will for a stick shift. If you rent the latter make CERTAIN you know how to get it in and out of REVERSE BEFORE you drive away. Sound absurd? You'll find out this can be a major issue.

The Metro....that issue has been done to death so I won;t even start in on the possibility of using the RER to get places faster than on the Metro in some instances..or should I?

Enjoy your stay.
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Mar 31st, 2009, 10:09 AM
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No, I don't think Le Poët-Laval is too isolated unless you want to go out after dinner (which I doubt, remembering 3-hour-long meals). Dieulefit is only a drive of a little over 5 minutes, Montélimar 20, Nyons 1 hour on the way south through Vaison-la-Romaine.
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