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exsqwid Jun 18th, 2006 08:30 PM

Need advice - Travel from Paris to Franche-Comte region
Planning a 7 day trip to visit Paris for a couple days and Haute-Saone / Doubs / Besancon area and maybe Alsace for the rest. Giving our mother her dream of seeing where her (our) ancestors came from.

There will be 5 of us gals (from the U.S.) visiting the area so we want to see more of the southern part of Haute-Saone - Montbozon in particular. Thinking of renting 2 vehicles after the couple days in Paris just to be able to fit luggage and our bodies and traveling to our destination in Haute-Saone. Never been to France before. Do they drive on the "right" side like in America? What to expect as a foreigner driving?

Have the Paris part figured out okay but would still take any advice on best places to stay in a moderate price-range and near the center of attractions (like the Louvre). Would like nice amenities but luxury not needed. We'd probably want to sleep 2 or 3 to a room unless there are such things as a family room for 5 people. Any tips on the "must see and dos" ? Things to stay away from would be helpful too.

When is the best time to go for wine harvest / wine festivals in the country? We want to tour wineries and do tastings along the way, cheeses too. Any places recommended in Besancon area?

All e-mails welcome with as much details as possible on where to stay in that area (southern Haute-Saone) as a "base camp", what to see & do, if there are any spas, castles, tips on renting cars, 5* restaurants that are a must.

And if anyone knows ANYTHING about Montbozon - websites, history, what it's like, what is there, etc....that is where the 'family' came from and we're so excited to see it so any info is so appreciated.

If you went to that area, would love hearing what your trip was like. Thanks so much everyone.

~Paula~ [email protected]

Travelnut Jun 19th, 2006 08:25 AM

I'm posting primarily to raise your post to the top of the list again...

A nice hotel near the Louvre might be Hotel Duminy Vendome, 3-5 rue du Mont Thabor, Paris 75001, website:

A less-expensive one might be the Hotel Louvre Forum, 25 rue du Bouloi, Paris 75001, website:

I think the vineyards are harvested mid-late September but the downside is the vintners may have less time to provide tours, etc.

Driving is on the 'right' side. The main difference is how you find your direction. In the US, the roads have signs like "Route 66" or "State road 123", but in France you navigate by going in the direction of a future town or city. So you have to refer to the map often to scan ahead to see what might be the next couple of towns down the route you want to take.

A lot of people prefer to take the train to a smaller town, then rent a car to cover a region (than to drive from Paris).

French towns' tourist offices are quite good about mailing brochures, so you should request some...

Here are two good websites for information:

p.s. are you spelling Montbozon correctly, as I couldn't find anything on a town with that name.

cocofromdijon Jun 19th, 2006 09:55 AM

Hi Paula,
why don't you take a tgv which goes to Besançon in 2h36 when direct from gare de Lyon (or with a stop in Dole). I'm sure you can find a car rental in Besançon (check"> "location de voiture") and I noticed you can rent a car like Renault Espace or VW Sharan instead of 2 cars.( for accommodations and more about Besançon.

Travelnut, it is easy to find a funny name when you use Google "France"
a website with lots of pics (French);lib=MONTBOZON

good luck and don't forget to go to Dijon for a day trip (1h from Besançon)

cocofromdijon Jun 19th, 2006 10:05 AM

what is that mess??

RonZ Jun 19th, 2006 12:36 PM

Good idea taking the train. We like to book car rentals with Autoeurope, using the toll free number.

Market days for towns in the department:

If they are flying out of CDG, there is a 6AM+- train from Dijon direct to the airport.

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