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Carlux Mar 13th, 2007 12:17 PM

Have a look at French Wikipedia for information on the Francilienne

baby2 Mar 13th, 2007 12:36 PM

StCirq wrote above: "If you're not bound and determined to overnight in Ste-Enimie (which is perfectly lovely), I can suggest a wonderful B&B in St Privat-la-Vallongue, called La Baume. PBProvence and I spent a memorable few nights there a few years ago exploring the area, and coming home to a meal by the owner Richard every night was one of the highlights of our visit. You will love the Cévennes."

We did last May and loved it. Our room was huge - big bed with a sitting area and eating area (altho we didn't eat in the room), a foyer, big bath and beautiful views. Since it was Monday night, we were the only guests but Richard cooked us a wonderful dinner and he ate with us which was a bonus. The conversation was great. He gave us a huge breakfast before we left for Provence.

We saw Millau bridge before stopping at
St-Privat-la-Vallongue, and saw Pont du Gard the next day. Great experience!! Beautiful bridges.

robjame Mar 13th, 2007 01:32 PM

<<Have a look at French Wikipedia for information on the Francilienne>>

Thanks Carlux... I should have thought of that. I have printed the map.

StuDudley Mar 13th, 2007 04:00 PM


You're welcome!!

Stu Dudley

mpprh Mar 13th, 2007 10:58 PM

"Author: travelbug
Date: 03/13/2007, 03:48 pm

Peter, I add my thanks to your information. Do you have any suggestions for hotels in Montpellier that would be near public transportation?"

Not sure what class of hotels you are looking at.

The tram maps are here :

Odysseuum and a few other stops offer secure parking and return tickets to the centre for all car passengers for Euro4 which is cheaper than downtown parking.

Odysseum is quite close to Carnon (5 minutes) - so you could stay in a beach hotel. There are also several hotels near Lattes.

Hotels in Montpellier area :


travelbug Mar 14th, 2007 03:40 AM

Stu - thank you for that great itinerary for the last few days of our trip. It sounds great and is a big help for those days when I really didn't have a plan.

travelbug Mar 14th, 2007 04:13 PM

Based on comments, this is the change I've made to the last days of our trip:
- leave Le Puy en Velay following Stu's suggestiong to the Mont-Dore region.
- stay 2 nights in the area
- leave the Mont-Dore area, stopping at the cathedral in Bourges (I just can't give this up) and continuing on to Vezelay; spend night
- continue on to Troyes;
- last night before flying home in Senlis

Thank you for all the comments and suggstions; I have some tweaking to do on the schedule, and may have more questions, but some of the changes will be made once we begin our trip, I know. For the places we don't have reservations, how difficult will it be to find something (anything) for lodging? or should I lock in more hotels?

I'm getting really excited about the trip - we leave in 8 weeks!

annhig Mar 15th, 2007 12:43 AM

hi, travelbug,

travelling in May you should have no problem getting somewhere to stay - why not buy the michelin red guide when you get to France [it's mainly symbols and prices so lack of french isn't a problem].

As well as excellent town maps, it lists most of the decent hotels in a place, plus maps showing the best and best value hotels in all the areas of france, and up to date prices, plus phone numbers so you can phone ahead.

also lots of tourist offices will help you find somewhere with vacancies and phone up for you.

have a great trip,

regards, ann

StuDudley Mar 15th, 2007 06:49 AM

>>michelin red guide when you get to France [it's mainly symbols and prices so lack of french isn't a problem].<<

Supposedly, the '07 version is in English also. It should be available within a week or two.

Be careful about French holidays in May if you plan to head out without reservations. You could have a lot of trouble on those weekends.

Stu Dudley

annhig Mar 15th, 2007 10:19 AM

hi, stu,

didn't know about this, so thanks.

My 2003 version [I'm too mean to buy every year] already has several pages at the beginning which are in english [and german and spanish] - contents, guides to the symbols used, explanations of "bib" hotels etc.; will the "english version of which you speak be different?

regards, ann

robjame Mar 15th, 2007 10:57 AM

Michelin red guide for France
English - hard cover is supposed to be out today (according to Amazon)
soft cover - sometime later(April?)

StuDudley Mar 15th, 2007 11:16 AM

Several years ago, Michelin added text (in French) to each listing, describing the place, food, ambience, etc. It's 2 or 3 sentences. I assume this will be what's in English on the '07 edition, since it's in English on - & has been in English there for several years. I also assume the days the hotels & restaurants will be closed in '07 will be in English.

Never knew that there was a hard & soft cover edition. I've never seen a soft cover in France, except for the Paris only version.

I've have the '07 guide on backorder for quite some time, and Amazon says the estimated shipping date is March 20.

Stu Dudley

Images2 Jun 16th, 2007 12:42 PM


We'd love to hear how your trip went!

Thanks so much.

ekscrunchy Jun 16th, 2007 02:07 PM

Travelbug has no doubt completed the trip and returned home, but for anyone else contemplating a visit to the Albi area, I would like to add a suggestion. On the day that includes Cordes and Najac, it would be possible to also visit Castelnau de Montmiral, Bruniquel and Puycelsi. These three small towns, especially the first and the last, are among the prettiest and most picturesque I have seen in France and could easily be added to the day's drive from Albi. I thought they were even lovelier, and certainly less touristed, (and smaller) than Cordes sur Ciel, which I visited on the same day recently from my base in Monasties (also a lovely little town and one of the Plus Beaux Villages...) In a longer day, Gaillac could be added as well...the old section and the cathedral are well worth an hour or so..

swagman Jun 17th, 2007 04:06 AM


Images2 Jun 18th, 2007 04:43 AM

Thanks ekscrunchy for your suggestions. We'll be in this area in September, staying in Belcastel, 1 hour north of Albi, so I've been fine tuning our trip! I didn't have Puycelsi on my list, thanks for the tip. I love your great trip reports. Thanks for taking the time to post them.

I love your report on China also. We hope to travel to China next year, after the Olympics!

ekscrunchy Jun 18th, 2007 06:43 AM

Images, I am glad you enjoyed the reports. Stay tuned because I have two big trips on the agenda!! And do not hesitate to ask questions on Asia board about China..I love reliving those few weeks!

Puycelsi is MUST. The woman who runs the tourist office is from Virginia, of all places, and she is married to a Frenchman and lives in the village. Make sure to visit the church here and the one in Castelnau..both of these are gems (the churches and the villages).

travelbug Jul 2nd, 2007 01:53 PM

Travelbug has returned from her month in the Perigord, Auvergne and Languedoc. I don't know where to start with that wonderful trip. Thanks so much to all the people who helped me plan the trip. I need to gather my thoughts a little more before I submit a trip report. But I must say that highlights include a kayak trip on the Dordogne and in the Tarn gorges. I am a fraidy-cat so I had to gather my courage to do these but they were great. We enjoyed great markets in Sarlat and Figeac. We went to lots of caves - Lascaux II, Padriac , Cougnac, Font-du-Gaume and others. Aa favorite in the Sarlat area was Roque St Christophe. it was a great outdoor museum. anyway, I'll do a real trip report.

robjame Jul 2nd, 2007 01:59 PM

Welcome home travelbug...can't wait for your trip report!!

annhig Jul 2nd, 2007 02:09 PM

hi, travelbug,

looking forward to the trip report!

regards, ann

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