Provence or Tuscany?????

Apr 26th, 2002, 04:29 AM
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Judy
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Provence or Tuscany?????

I have an opportunity to do a home exchange with either a family in Aix en Provence or a family in Florence. We are two adults and our two kids ages 12 and 14(boys). My husband thinks we should choose Provence because we speak French but in Florence we might have more opportunities to travel to other cities in Italy. I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks!
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 04:33 AM
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Do the boys speak French too? If so what a great opportunity for them. How long is this exchange? If for two or three weeks then I say do Provence. If you're talking about a couple of months, then maybe Tuscany. But less than that the idea of doing other travel seems less important. I think the real goal with the home exchange is to "live" locally -- not just use the place as a base to travel from.
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 04:39 AM
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I hadn't thought of it that way but I think you're right. We have done a home exhange with a family in Lewisham near London and we really did feel a part of the neighbourhood living like the locals. Thanks for the feedback.
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 04:54 AM
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There's also plenty of France that you can see from a base in Provence and Provence has prettier markets.
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 05:27 AM
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Judy,

I don't think you can go wrong! I have been to Provence, but have only read about Tuscany, for a trip which almost happened. I have seen Florence, Rome and Venice, which are wonderful destinations, but as another poster stated, there are great destinations in Provence as well. I agree with Patrick that you will want to experience the locale, but depending on the lenght of your stay, a day or overnight trip can add a certain zing to the trip for early teens. I loved the Med. coast and the TGV leaves Avignon for Paris and perhaps/probably other cities.

I too am curious if your boys speak French. They are at great ages for this kind of travel. My boys also traveled to France at those ages, although not for a home exchange. They have very fond memories.

linda
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 08:07 AM
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Yes they do speak French after years of French Immersion in school. Thanks for the info and feedback. I think we'll probably choose France and maybe take the TGV for some side trips. Any you would recommend? Thanks again for all your much valued opinions.
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 09:12 AM
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France.

France.

France.

Forgive me if I failed to make clear my opinion.

France.

Best wishes,

Rex
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 09:39 AM
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Have been to both, but Provence would be my choice...perhaps it's because of the Chateauneuf du Pape!!!

US
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 01:24 PM
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to the front of the line
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to the head of the class.

to France.
 
Apr 26th, 2002, 01:42 PM
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France

Tuscany is great but Provence is somehow
more amenable. So much to see in a
more manageable area.

You don't say when you'd be there, but
if it's June/July Florence and Siena
are chock-a-block full of turistos and
you spend time fighting the crowds.
In Provence you have more 'space' and
(other that Avignon) can see and do
more without being in a crowd all the
time.

Mais, chacun a son whatever!
 
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