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Old Nov 27th, 2006, 02:44 PM
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I need help with my honeymoon plans in France

I believe I have plenty of time to do this but I want to get all the details ironed out asap! I am staying on the Champs-Elysees for 10 days during the end of September 2007-early October 2007. I am a bit of a gourmet also and am marrying one! What I need help doing is:
A) Finding an area of France to go to for around 4 nights after I leave Paris. (The first part of the trip is planned, i.e. hotel in Paris so I really only need ideas about other areas.) I have thought about going to the Champagne Region but I do not think we would be able to come up with enough things to do for 4 days there and may become bored. Should I go to Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Normandy, the French Alps, Lyon?? You see my dilemna!! I am not too concerned with the price as it is my honeymoon and I will probably only do it once!
B) Some good recommendations for nice places to eat in Paris and in whatever area is recommended.
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Old Nov 27th, 2006, 02:51 PM
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Based on your "gourmet" comments, I'd take the train to Bordeaux for a couple nights in one of those wonderful relais places in a vineyard (sorry, I don't have a specific suggestion) and then two nights at a similar place in Dordogne.
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Old Nov 27th, 2006, 03:04 PM
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If you decide to do even a couple of days in the Champagne region, consider Les Crayeres in Reims. It would be a wonderful honeymoon/gourmet destination. I would think 2-3 nights there before boredom could set in. Northern Burgundy for a couple of nights might fit with this.
One year we spent a week in Paris, 5 nughts in Burgundy and 2 in Reims on the way back to CDG.
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Old Nov 27th, 2006, 03:23 PM
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I'll 2nd the Dordogne area. If you're a gourmet, that's certainly one of the top places to be. We recently stayed at Moulin du Roc in Brantome. It was so beautiful, and our room was so romantic. Would be perfect for a honeymoon, in fact, we saw a couple get married there. The food is divine. Maybe 2 nights there, then 2 nights in St. Emilion?
 
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I'd head to Burgundy and stay near Gien at the excellent and romantic Auberge des Templiers. It has a beautiful pool and an excellent dining room; the bungalow rooms are wonderful.
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Old Nov 27th, 2006, 03:53 PM
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Some more information I would give is I would like more to do where I stay than just the hotel. I really wouldn't want to be in the middle of nowhere for more than one night. I would rather stay in a smaller town with some nice restaurants and some interesting things to see.
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After our last visit I do not recommend Les Crayeres.

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Old Nov 27th, 2006, 05:04 PM
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How right you are RonZ!!
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Old Nov 27th, 2006, 05:38 PM
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The fall is a wonderful time of year in Normandy. Deauville is a young and very active town with lots of good food as well as a race track, a casino, a great beach, golf, tennis, sailing , great shopping, and some really nice hotels and restaurants.

Deauville about a two and a half hour drive from Paris, and on the way you pass Giverny and can detour to Honfleur, Honfleur is only about a 20 minute drive from Deauville and is one of the most charming towns in France.
Trouville, next door to Deauville, is not quite as upscale but has a number of fun/excellent seafood restaurants.

About an hour and a half west of Deauville is Mont St. Michelle….a spectacular sight. There are, of course, many other things of interest related to WWII in the area. The American Cemetery is not to be believed, and the landing beaches are interesting.

If you like horses at all there is a great National Stud Farm in the area. There are also a number of magnificent private gardens open to the public on certain days.

There are very few places in France that we haven’t been to, but Normandy is one area that we keep going back to because there is always something to do there and it is so beautiful!



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We spend 2 months vacationing in France most years, and the places we return to the most are the Dordogne in fall & Provence in early summer. The problem you might have in the Dordogne, is whittling down about 4 weeks worth of things to do & see into only 4 days.

Best food we've experienced is in the Dordogne & Burgundy.

Don't think a pool will be of much use in Burgundy in late Sept or early Oct (we were there this Sept - very cold in late Sept).

Alsace is quite nice also, and would be a good bet for a 4 day visit. The food is excellent there - it's quite easy to avoid the pork & kraut if that's not your style.

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