Research trip to France July 28-Aug. 12

Old Jul 17th, 2002, 07:56 AM
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Research trip to France July 28-Aug. 12

On July 28 I will be leaving for France, visiting Paris, the Loire
Valley, Dordogne, and Provence. The main purpose of my trip is to
check on hotels and B&B's (Paris, Loire, Dordogne) and houses for
rent (Provence) that might be appropriate for a large group (10-15)
that I will be accompanying to France in early June 2003.

In Paris I will be staying at the Hotel Muguet (July 29 & 30) and the Hotel Residence Monge (Aug. 10 & 11). I also want to take a look at the Hotel des Grandes Ecoles. I think that one of those will be fine for my group next June. Comments?

In the Loire Valley I am staying at the Hotel Blason in Amboise (July 31). I want to take a look at the Chateau de Montgoger 25 km. south of Tours (rooms from E 70 for a single to E 112 for a suite) as a possibility for my group. I couldn’t stay here on my research trip because they are closed the last 2 weeks of July, so I will try to visit as I am leaving on Aug. 1. Does anyone know this chateau-hotel or know of another one in the area in about the same price range that I might consider for my group?

I will then drive to the Dordogne area and spend 2 nights (Aug. 1 & 2) at a B&B called Le Jaonnet near Gourdon. I would like to have my group stay here for 3 nights next June but they only have 5 rooms, so I may have to find a larger place or another B&B nearby and split my group if we are more than 10. Double rooms here on the demi-pension plan are E 86 to E 92. Anyone stayed here? Other suggestions?

Finally, I will be spending a week (Aug. 3-10) in the Luberon area (La Tour d'Aigues) and hope to visit a number of properties that I have found on the Internet. I will need to look at very large houses (5-7 bedrooms) or two smaller
houses close to each other that we could rent. I have set a budget of
$250 per person (double occupancy) for the week in Provence so some
of the very luxurious large houses will be beyond our budget. This
means a limit of approx. $500 per bedroom. I would like to have a
pool if possible. Has anyone rented (or does anyone know of) houses in
this area that I should check out that might be appropriate for my
group? A website, address and/or tel. no. would be appreciated.

Also, what towns or villages do you find most interesting or
attractive? (I was in the Luberon 2 years ago and am familiar with
Apt, Roussillon, Gordes, Bonnieux, Menerbes, Saignon, Caseneuve and
Lourmarin.) With the group I hope to do day trips to Avignon, Arles,
Aix-en-Provence, St. Remy (Glanum), Les Baux, Orange, the Pont du Gard, the
Camargue and perhaps Cassis. Any other suggestions?

How about good moderately priced ($30 pp or less) restaurants?

Old Jul 17th, 2002, 07:58 AM
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I guess I was too long-winded for a single post! Here's the rest.

I am excited about my "research" trip to France. It was fairly spur-
of-the-moment and this is the first time I will be traveling alone
for 2 whole weeks, but I think I will enjoy that. I'm sure that I
will feel much more at ease taking a group to France if I have
already seen the places we will be staying. I will be sure to post a
report when I return. If anyone here plans to be where I will be during this trip, especially in the Luberon area, I would love to meet somewhere for a drink. I may be getting a little lonely by that time! You can e-mail me if you like at the above address, but substitute “” for “”

I know that I am asking for a lot of info but feel free to comment on any part or all of it. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have.
Old Jul 17th, 2002, 08:02 AM
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Sorry, I now see that I have double-posted,although the first one didn't seem to go through. Just let this one sink!
Old Jul 17th, 2002, 08:29 AM
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Hi Betty:

I can comment on the Hotel des Grandes Ecoles. We love this hotel and you can read about it on our website at: (our 2001 trip)

However, depending on the ages and physical condition of the people with whom you're traveling - the hotel is up a slight hill from the metro and is a bit of a hike. I know this would be difficult for my parents who are in their 70s. And there is no air conditioning at the hotel which could be a problem in June.

Those are two things to consider but we will probably always stay at this hotel given the chance. If you want more information, please feel free to email me.

Old Jul 17th, 2002, 11:11 AM
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