Here's where I've been, where next?

Jan 24th, 2011, 10:57 AM
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I love Perigueux, but I would not base there. Not centrally located enough & there is some not-so-scenic sprawl. Stay closer to Sarlat, or in Sarlat - one of my "top 5" smaller/medium sized cities in France.

I have a 20+ page itinerary for visiting the Dordogne & surrounds. I've sent it to over 700 people on Fodors. E-mail me at [email protected] & I'll attach one to the reply e-mail.

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Jan 24th, 2011, 01:32 PM
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NItaly is fabulous -- much to c & do and of course, wonderful food. Milan, Padua, Vicenza, Verona, Mantova and all the surrounding little villages. U can even do a trip to Bologna. Always really enjoyed the Friuli Venezia-Giulia region. Very nice and no tourists. From there if you like mountains u can head to the Dolomites.
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Jan 24th, 2011, 02:23 PM
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zeppole, Lifeman and yestravel - Northern Italy is high on the list too. When we're not based in cities, we always have a car. Of all the places mentioned, I've only been to Milan, and have always wanted to go to Bologna and Trieste.

mflickermd - We want to get to Basque Country as well, both in France and Spain, but that's reserved for another year when our kids can join us. Our son and one of our daughters came to Barcelona/Costa Brava with us last September, and Basque Country/Northern Spain is where we will go together on our next family trip.
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Jan 24th, 2011, 02:29 PM
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If Italy, Sicily. If France, the Dordogne. We loved Sicily and would like to go back - there is too much to see and do for just one trip. We also loved the Dordogne but it doesnt draw me back as Sicily does. September and October are a great time for Sicily.
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Jan 24th, 2011, 05:54 PM
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I'm not qualified to answer your question really, but what the he!!.

The Perigord is very beautiful and relaxing, so far my favorite place in France besides Paris, though I'm willing to have my heart stolen by another region. We stayed in Sarlat itself; I'm not that much of a country mouse to stay somewhere smaller, though I enjoyed visiting the little towns and villages during the day. The Lot looked quite alluring, and if I returned to that general region of France I would devote a few days over on that side--seemed a little more foreign to me, whatever that means. For some reason Provence didn't really stick for me. I sorta thought, Oh, I'd rather just be in Italy, when I was there. And I like Umbria better than Tuscany. So different strokes and all that.

Good luck with your choice. It's good to have such dilemmas, isn't it? I'm heading off to Sicily this spring--glad to see some recommendations here!
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Jan 26th, 2011, 01:45 AM
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Even though I live in France (where I would suggest the Aveyron - obviously - although our nearest real nightlife would be in Toulouse!) my vote would definitely be Sicily every time.

We had a wonderful early October holiday there. Weather was great, sea was warm, and the coastline studded with coastal paths and stunning beaches (and yes, some hideous industry, which you must just overook!). An awesome island for historical/archaeological interest, lovely food and wine, friendly people. And our daughter (aged 19 and an au pair in Palermo) rates the nightlife VERY highly!

My favourite website (even ifI can't afford their villas!):

http://www.thinksicily.com/
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Jan 26th, 2011, 02:36 AM
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To keep this ball in the air as long as possible, let me add my vote to Alsace. Unless you've done a lot of time in Germany or Austria and I haven't seen that mentioned so far, Alsace will afford quite a different experience, and as the first responder said, it will be gorgeous with the winefields in the fall. The little villages are adorable with red geraniums spilling from every window and storks nesting on the tallest buildings. The food is wonderful as well and you can tour wineries to your hearts content. And if you want a big city fix, Strasbourg is there, and Colmar, a mid-sized city.

That said, you would also find Brittany wonderful with Rennes and Nantes affording some big-town opportunities, and Vannes a mid-sized one. Whether you decide to stay north or south, there are beautiful seacoast villages to explore and great history.
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Jan 26th, 2011, 03:32 AM
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Thanks for all the replies. Sicily is definitely part of the wish list, but we're thinking that will be a future "family vacation" spot.

In the past 10 years, we've mostly travelled with another couple who are close friends, but the circumstances aren't allowing that this time. We hope to re-start that tradition in 2012. On other occasions, we've gone with some or all of our kids. This year, it looks like just me and my wife, so we're looking for a new spot where we have not been before, and also where our friends or the kids have not shown much interest in visiting.

Julie - In Austria, we've been to only Salzburg and Vienna. We haven't seen much of Germany either, staying in Rothenberg and visiting other towns along the Romantic Road, and a couple of days in Munich and Frankfurt, but that's it. So Alsace has appeal for us this time.
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Jan 26th, 2011, 05:30 AM
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I'll be most keen to see a trip report, if you do Alsace. Bon voyage!
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