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Our Month in France - Paris, Normandy, Dordogne and Provence

Our Month in France - Paris, Normandy, Dordogne and Provence

Sep 16th, 2009, 11:05 PM
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Jobo thank you for your reply - most helpful for our planning we will add your recommecdations to our list. Not sure which driving route we will take yet. Maybe depend on the weather.

justretired yes I had read your trip report and ordered Provence Byways because of your recommendation. It has great trips. 1 week to go!
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Sep 28th, 2009, 12:23 PM
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We leave in 8 days for our trip to Europe, which includes 6 nights in the south of France. I've been pouring over trip reports, trying to cull any last minute information. Thank you for taking the time to post your trip report, particularly the part about Provence.

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Jan 24th, 2010, 11:57 AM
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I loved your trip report....we are planning a similar trip such as you did from Paris to Bayeaux, then to Dordognes....I am curious...how long did it take for you to drive to Bayeux and how long from there to Dordognes....is it a good one day with stops...? Thank you
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Jan 24th, 2010, 12:33 PM
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They weren't in Bayeux, which is in Normandy. They were in Buoux, in Provence.

If you're planning to drive from Bayeux to the Dordogne, yes, it's a good long day's drive. For example, from Bayeux to Sarlat is 650 kms.
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Jan 24th, 2010, 12:43 PM
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One of the best French trip reports I have ever read! You really saw some wonderful art galleries. Full of other details of places that I had never heard of as well.
But what really impressed me is your son - I needed a son like yours as I get lost everywhere I go!
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Jan 24th, 2010, 12:44 PM
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Ooops, they were in Normandy, near Bayeux, and drove to the Dordogne from there, but stopped overnight in Limoges so they could tour Oradour.

Anyway, it's 650 kms, about a 7-hour drive, more with stops.
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Jan 26th, 2010, 07:08 PM
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Sorry, haven't been on the site for a while. But yes, take the drive, do the stops. Yes, the drive takes about 7 hours, we took all the back roads rather than the autoroutes. We really wanted to see all the villages along the way, not just the ones we knew about. I really think that's the only way to go, unless you have a very limited time. You find wonderful architecture, fabulous small village restaurants and just breathing in the French atmosphere. And as StCirq said, we stopped in Limoge (no big deal, lots of china -- -- but we really wanted to see Oradour, and as far as I'm concerned, a "must-see". Don't miss it. There's an incredible museum attached to the town and a memorial to 9/11 as well.
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Jan 26th, 2010, 07:28 PM
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Also, the trip from Paris to Bayeux is pretty short, couple of hours. We stayed at a 17th century farm about 20 minutes from the beaches (the description is above in the report). The only problem is getting out of Paris (that's also in the report), but once you do that, the trip is easy.
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Jan 26th, 2010, 08:08 PM
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Such an enjoyable report! Will use some of your tips on our upcoming France trip.
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