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I have lurked long enough..I need advice. What to do after 7 days in Paris

I have lurked long enough..I need advice. What to do after 7 days in Paris

Jun 28th, 2010, 06:52 PM
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If it were me, i'd spend the time in Paris. You can never see it all but if you want to go elsewhere I agree that Avignon is a good choice but Iam predudiced and can't get enough of Provence.
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Jun 28th, 2010, 07:25 PM
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Rather than thanking each of you individually....thank you ALL so much. You have given me lots to think about and exactly what I needed for my next step.

I will make a list and look into each suggestion. After I do more research I may have more questions.

Thanks again. I think I am about as excited as BuffaloGirl. ;-)

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Jun 29th, 2010, 09:32 AM
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Hi Dave-just one other comment-if you drive and decide to go towards Normandy, be careful coming back into Paris on a Sunday afternoon-the traffic can be really horrible since it is the great return of the all the Parisians with homes there. Your only advantage is that you only have to get to the CDG Sheraton.
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Jun 29th, 2010, 10:30 AM
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What about Burgundy? Take the TGV to Dijon. Dijon's wonderful. Plus there's beautiful medieval villages, vineyards, pilgrimage roads...maybe you could rent bikes?
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Jun 29th, 2010, 10:50 AM
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jpie, thanks for the insight. While I have put Normandy on the list I think we will have to save it for next time. WWII and D-Day are interests of mine. Your advice will go into my "research" file.

NanBug...thanks for the suggestion. It is on the list. There are some great pictures of the region and Dijon on Google Maps.

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Jun 29th, 2010, 10:52 AM
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3 days is long enough to take the one hour flight from Paris to Nice and explore the Cote d Azur. I recommend staying at the Welcome Hotel in Villefranche. All the rooms have balconies overlooking the harbor. There are plenty of beautiful paths and hills to hike.
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Jun 29th, 2010, 11:21 AM
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Thank you Casey. The options continue to pour in.

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Jun 29th, 2010, 11:25 AM
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Hmm, kind of my dilemma too. I thought a week in Paris and then a week in Provence, but now I am leaning towards two weeks in Paris to take it slowly.
Interesting to see your options though too of what everyone is suggesting.
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Jun 29th, 2010, 11:40 AM
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DaveMM,

I have stayed in the Pp Champagne apartment and many others. You will enjoy it, that I am sure.

From what you have said, I can wholeheartedly rcommend taking the TGV to Avignon, rent a car and go to Les Baux de Provence..about an hour drive..beautiful drive...contact http://www.riboto-de-taven.fr/anglais.htm tell Christine or Philippe that you know me..Joan Grace and hope that they can accommodate you. YOu will love it. This is a different world. Very laid back..clean, clean air, great food and beautiful Alpilles, olive groves. You can find pictures and much more for the area in this running trip report from last year:
http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...ay-13-2009.cfm

A good time to go..about the same time that I was there last year. It has been a favorite spot of mine for many years.

I will be in PAris from mid April to mid May in 2011. I will be there later this year for month of November.

Enjoy your planning..half the fun!

a bientot...

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Jun 29th, 2010, 11:40 AM
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Oooh, oooh, one more, one more (hand waving in air)--I forgot about this one. My daughter just reminded me about it.

Ya know, another town we fell in love with was Cancale. I actually enjoyed most of Brittany (Dinan was just a gem) and Normandy (really GREAT bike trip combo), and I would certainly advise a separate trip to do one, the other, both, what have you.

The fact remains,we could have just hung around Cancale for eons and would have been absolutely happy/

So here's why I want you guys to look at it..it's this beach town (see my Honfleur suggestion, only this one comes with tidal mud flats. I know!-----Bodega Bay, CA BEFORE developers!). Anyway, this little town majors in oysters. We'd go hang around watching them work these oyster beds until around sunset, and then we'd have a choice of absolutely fabulous little restaurants.

We did try to visit the Oyster Museum, but since we missed the English tour by 3.5 minutes, they would not let us in. We tried to tell them we'd do the French version, but they obviously guessed we were not scoring fives on the French I AP exam anytime soon. So we just went and ate more oysters instead!

Our hotel was a bit of a hike away from "Cancale central". But we LOVED it. Chateau Richeux. We had rooms with view of Mont St. Michel in the distance. One of our best hotel memories of all time. Fab Calvados in the rooms for a little nip before sunset.
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Jun 29th, 2010, 11:54 AM
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We've stayed at Chateau Richeux as well....it has been several years but we loved it! I can still picture the room and the views.
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Jun 29th, 2010, 12:12 PM
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Joan...it is so nice to see your post. I hope all is well. Thanks for the advice. Provence seems like a great fit especially since the travel time (train and driving) isn't as long as I thought. I have to show my wife the pictures of La Riboto de Taven. It looks fantastic. Thanks again.

AlessandraZoe....you are too funny. I appreciate your enthusiasm. How did you know I LOVE oysters. Another place to add to my growing list. I have so much to research now.

Thanks.

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