Interesting places to visit

Dec 5th, 2016, 11:40 AM
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Interesting places to visit

Hello!

So I am organizing a solo travel to France in February 2017. I was wondering if anyone knows any good places to visit, or activities that I should do. I will mostly be visiting the south of the country.

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Dec 5th, 2016, 11:48 AM
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Hi jeje977

There are thousands and thousands of "interesting" (a very bland word) places to visit in France and things to do. Please avail yourself of a few guidebooks and start reading. It's YOU who have to decide what is interesting, not strangers on a travel forum.

How long will you be there?

How do you plan to travel around?

What is your budget?

The south of France is enormous. Which parts of it do you plan to see?

When you have come up with a plan people here will be happy to comment and help you revise.
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Dec 5th, 2016, 11:52 AM
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Happy to help but it would be easier with more information on your interests, preferred ways to travel (transportation), time you have available and rough budget if you are looking for hotel recommendations.

South of France is generally considered Provence and the Riviera with Southwest France roughly from the Languedoc west.
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Dec 5th, 2016, 11:58 AM
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Had not read St Cirq's reply before I posted.
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Dec 5th, 2016, 11:59 AM
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Car or train -makes a big difference in types of places you can go. Trains go to all main cities but not to the countryside often- yet a solo person may find trains better.

How old are you?

for a fix on French trains check www.ricksteves.com; www.seat61.com and www.budgeteuropetravel.com (their online European Planning & Rail Guide has lots on places to go by rail in France).

And when are you going?

What is your budget?
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Dec 5th, 2016, 12:12 PM
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Activities : drink wine, eat.
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Dec 5th, 2016, 12:35 PM
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I'm 19 years old. I will be going there for one month, possibly the whole month of February. For now I have near 6000$, but I didn't by the plane tickets yet. I will be backpacking, travelling by train and bus if possible, and sleeping in hostels. I am thinking about visiting the big cities such as Bordeaux, Toulouse, Montpellier, Marseille, Canne, Nice, Lyon, and possibly the country side, the smaller cities/villages on the way.

I don't know how much time I will spend in each of these places yet, I will possibly decide the duration once I get there!
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Dec 5th, 2016, 01:38 PM
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If you're traveling by train, NOW is the time to decide where you're going and buy your tickets. The cheapest ones are available 92 days out from your date(s) of travel, and they only get more expensive after that. Deciding how long you will stay in a place once you get there will increase your transport costs considerably.
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Dec 5th, 2016, 01:44 PM
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And besides guidebooks, you should check out the official websites for every city/town you want to visit. They are FULL of ideas on what to do and see.

February probably has the worst weather of any month in France. I hope you're ready for that.
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Dec 5th, 2016, 03:48 PM
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Thanks! I didn't think about checking the websites of the cities I wanted to visit. And for the weather, I'm from Québec, Canada, I am quite used to snowstorms and bad temperature. But thank you for the heads up!
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Dec 5th, 2016, 04:12 PM
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And because the weather isn't so great in February, it's better to stay in cities than travel to small villages in the countryside. There's more to do in cities, more sites, activities, restaurants. Small resort towns will shout down for the winter.
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Dec 5th, 2016, 04:17 PM
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You need to decide where you want to go and book train tickets asap. As mentioned, train tickets are cheapest when purchased 3 months in advance and prices increase as your travel date approaches and the discounted tickets sell out. You can check schedules and prices and buy tickets at www.trainline.eu. Be sure to avoid the railEurope website. For good info on train travel in Europe check www.seat61.com. Every city, town and village in France has a tourist office website so be sure to check those for info about what to see and do and accommodation etc. For hostel info try these sites:

http://www.fuaj.org/en/-Auberges-

https://www.aubergesdejeunesse.com/Europe/France
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Dec 5th, 2016, 04:52 PM
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I trust you've seen your other thread:
http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...vel-winter.cfm

I strongly support the advice already given to consult some good guidebooks -- perhaps something like the Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, or Let's Go. IMO, the cost of one of these books would be infinitesimal in comparison to the cost of your trip, and could easily end up saving you money by pointing you to money-saving options. What's more, you should be able to consult them in your local library.

Good luck!
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Dec 6th, 2016, 12:26 AM
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Tabarnak, t'es un peu sauté de voyager en hiver par chez nous. Essaie de pas pogner un rhume, mange des poutines, bois de la liqueur et dors bien pour pas être magané.
T'as laissé ta blonde chez toi ?

buy yourself a map of France, and map your trip. Then decide how you travel, by train, hitchiking ?

To save money you can travel with blablacar - a carsharing system.
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Dec 6th, 2016, 11:36 AM
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Get a guidebook for folks your age - Let's Go France - amazon.com or libraries.Invaluable info for someone your age-especially on hostels and youth hotels and low-budget hotels.
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Dec 6th, 2016, 02:00 PM
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Do you have a guidebook for France?

Other people's opinions on the internet can be helpful once you have a plan in mind. But I would back up and plan your own trip first. Where you want to go, how long you want to stay, how you will get from place to place.
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Dec 6th, 2016, 05:03 PM
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WoinParis, est-ce que l'hiver est si difficile que ça en France? Je compte plus visiter le sud du pays, on m'a dit qu'en hiver ce n'est pas si pire. Aussi, merci pour "blablacar", je ne connaissais pas!

I do not have any guidebook for France, but I guess it would be a smart move to get one.

Thank you very much for your help guys!
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Dec 6th, 2016, 05:12 PM
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Oui, il serait une très bonne idée d'acheter quelques livres - Lonely Planet, Let's Go, Guides Bleues, etc. Si tu habite à Québec, l'hiver en France ne sera très dur, mais ça dépend où tu vas. Dans le sud, où j'habite, par exemple, il faisait très chaud aujourd'hui pour Décembre - 17 C.
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Dec 6th, 2016, 05:42 PM
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Je suis un habitué des grandes chutes de neiges et des bases température. Si je m'habille bien, je crois pas avoir de problème pour la France en février!
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Dec 7th, 2016, 09:55 AM
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south of France at normal altitudes will rarely be very cold in February and could be very nice. Been to Nice a few Januaries and it was in the 50s and sunny-farther south the better weather bien sur.
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