Normandy or Provence - Late October?

Aug 29th, 2013, 02:56 PM
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Normandy or Provence - Late October?

Hi - A friend and I are looking to spend a few days in either Normandy or Provence the last week of October. We have about 5 days and are looking to take it easy, eat well and enjoy the sites. I understand the weather will likely be better in the south, but besides that what are the pros and cons of each region. Any and all tips appreciated!
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Aug 29th, 2013, 03:34 PM
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If you're an American, what's the weather/foliage like in Calgary Canada in late October? Normandy is actually north of Calgary.

Lots more stuff to do in Provence than in Normandy, IMO. Just land at CDG, and immediately take the TGV from CDG to Avignon & stay there for 5 days. From where you live, if you can easily fly to Marseille - do that.

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Aug 29th, 2013, 06:12 PM
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Normandy is actually north of Calgary.

The difference is that one is Atlantic weather and the other continental. But I would also choose the Provence because it could be cold and damp in Normandy.
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Aug 29th, 2013, 06:41 PM
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We have visited Normandy in late October. It was cool but dry. Maybe we were just lucky.

We found the WWII sites practically empty which made it easy to get around. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed the area as much if there were busloads of people everywhere, heavy traffic on the roads, etc. So, if the big reason for going to Normandy is to see these things, it's a great time of year.

You would eat well in either area, but the cuisine is very different. Heavier in Normandy, with more milk, butter, cream, cheese, duck, cold water fish. In Provence, more fruit and vegetables, olive oil rather than butter, warm water fish. In some ways, dishes in Provence feel more Italian than what most think is traditional French.
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