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kate12 Feb 6th, 2007 04:32 AM

London-Paris and where next?
We are flying to London and flying out of Paris 12 days later end of June, early July..
We have been to both these cities and would like to see some of the French countryside. I have been doing some research but cant quite find an area that seems right. We like to walk, historic touring, nice restaurants. Am looking at Burgandy, Normandy, Alsace.
Has anyone got any suggestions of a nice place to settle in to for 4 days in the french countryside. We are willing to rent a car.

MorganB Feb 6th, 2007 05:44 AM

Strasbourg will only be 2h20 mins from Paris beginning in June with new TGV service. Would make for a nice 3 or 4 days visiting the wine road, Colmar and the city of Strasbourg etc.

MorganB Feb 6th, 2007 05:45 AM

The 10th of June is the exact date of the start of service.

kate12 Feb 6th, 2007 06:32 AM

thanks for that. I have heard about Strausborg. Is it a pretty town?

MorganB Feb 6th, 2007 08:04 AM

Yes its beautiful. A whole neighborhood of half timber buildings, canals, a cathedral, all very clean. Good food, and a nice tramway system as well.

Christina Feb 6th, 2007 09:40 AM

That's very good news about the TGV finally going east. I enjoyed Strasbourg, even though I didn't think the cuisine was good myself (but I don't like German food or Alsacien cuisine). It is an attractive city, but it is not a town and not in the country because it is a major urban area. The city itself has a population of around 300,000. It's the seat of the Coucil of Europe and the European Parliament, among other things. Because it is a city and has a lot of business travelers, it does have good transportation and a good train station, as well as lots of hotel rooms.

If you want to go to Alsace, though, it is a good central location for that, but I don't know where would be the best place to stay there with a car, you'd be on the outskirts perhaps. You can't drive in certain nice areas in the old quarter, for example.

MorganB Feb 6th, 2007 09:51 AM

Hi Christina, good write up about Strasbourg. I have stayed at central hotels even in the downtown area and they do usually have places to park. Otherwise there are secure lots scattered about so a car would not be a problem. I usually rent a car so that I can go to the villages on the wine road as well as Colmar etc.

Art_Vandelay Feb 6th, 2007 12:32 PM

SNCF has just released their fares for the TGV Est. A previous full fare single was €46 (4h00). Now, with the 2h20 ride, it'll be... €79. Ouch!

kate12 Feb 6th, 2007 12:53 PM

thanks for the info on the train. Any other towns or villages in that area worth seeing?

MorganB Feb 6th, 2007 11:46 PM

If you choose to go to Alsace, I suggest picking up a guide book. Alsace is compact so you can pretty much go anywhere.

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