Planning Lake Como to Provence

Old Oct 1st, 2002, 10:35 AM
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Planning Lake Como to Provence

Having fun with honeymoon planning. Any ideas on filling in the gaps from Lake Como to Provence for two weeks in late April. So far it looks like a flight into Milan with three nights at Villa D'este at Lake Como. Would like to see explore southern France also. Have roughly two weeks and can do open-jaw. Ground transport is undecided. Food and wine lovers. Not on a tight budget. Please help.
Old Oct 1st, 2002, 11:06 AM
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This is roughly a requerst to connect heaven to paradise, you know. What's in between - - at least in Italy is not as interesting as either end.

Your main decision will be whether to focus on the Cote d'Azur or the eastern areas of Provence or both.

So many good choices: Monte Carlo/Monaco, St. Paul de Vence, Gourdes, Montauroux/Tourettes, Antibes, the corniche de l'Esterel and so much more - - and depart from Nice

or continue on to Aix en Provence, Les Baux, Arles, Avignon, Orange, Nimes, St. Remy, the Luberon - - and on and on. From this part of Provence, you can connect back to almost anywhere from airports in MSE, MPL or Nimes as well as the TGV back to Paris from Avignon.

Congratulations on your new life in marriage.

Best wishes,

Old Oct 1st, 2002, 11:06 AM
Diane Mac
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Just returned from Provence and would like to pass on a wonderful B&B in L'Isle sur la Sorgue (20 minutes from Avignon) where we stayed. It is called Clos St Antoine and is located about 2 kilometers from the town centre. The town itself is charming, full of antique shops (which is why I chose to stay there) and they have a Sunday Market. The B&B is quite well done, the bedrooms are in private, separate little buildings, and the grounds are beautiful. They have a website. I thought it was a good place to base out of as long as you have your own vehicle.
Old Oct 1st, 2002, 01:05 PM
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Old Oct 1st, 2002, 01:55 PM
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Little corrections to Rex's post:
Avignon, Arles etc... is Western Provence.
MSE is Manston airport in Kent. Marseille is MRS.
Gourdes - you mean Gourdon (close to Grasse) or Gordes (close to Avignon)?

David: I would spend 3/4 days around Nice, and 3/4 days around Avignon, and take a day driving slowly from one to the other.
Old Oct 1st, 2002, 02:10 PM
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How embarrassingly dyslexic of me - - yes that "other east" in Provence! i.e. west!

And yes, MRS.

And I guess that Cipieres is close to Gourdon - - not Gordes. Is Gourdon the well known ville perché?

I sure flubbed this post. But the sentiment is still the same - - have to decide wether "south of France" means Cote d'Azur or Provence or both.
Old Oct 2nd, 2002, 02:32 PM
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Years ago I basically did go from Lake Como to the Provence, but you have to like to drive in the mountains. It was not direct. I went through Switzerland, and then took the Route des Alpes starting in Chamonix, on to Briançon, and on to the Côte d'Azur. Snow may be a problem in April, but you could take the Route Napoléon as an alternative. You might be able to get some skiing in.
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