south of france or switzerland

Jan 15th, 2013, 08:09 AM
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south of france or switzerland

Hi,

We have 8 days to spend in total. this will be first week of June. Have not visited either place and want to minimize travel time. We are a 30 year old newly married couple. Looking for villages, cafes etc.

Do you recommend south of france or switzerland.


Thank you.
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Jan 15th, 2013, 08:27 AM
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Um - everyplace has villages and cafes.

You really need to provide more info.

One note is that Switz is going to be more expensive - probably a lot more expensive.
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Jan 15th, 2013, 08:29 AM
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Apples and oranges.
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Jan 15th, 2013, 09:04 AM
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France. More interesting, more economical, cuter, more charming.
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Jan 15th, 2013, 09:37 PM
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Vote for southern France because of:
- Lavender fields blooming in June around Provence
- Weather is warmer there, yet not too warm that time of year
- Mediterranean beaches, French food, wineries and patisseries, and the most delicious fruits in all of Europe.
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Jan 15th, 2013, 09:59 PM
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If you base yourself in Nice you can visit tons of other small towns , on local bus or train, bus was 1 euro to Monaco, and we stopped at Eze sur Mer.You could visit Eze or Villefranche , or Cannes or Antibes ,, or even go up to mountains.. there are so many choices.

I do love Switzerland but its like twice the cost of everything, like a Big Mac 7 dollars ,, ( not that you would want one, just saying even cheaping out in Switzerland is not possible,lol )
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Jan 15th, 2013, 10:06 PM
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South of France
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Jan 16th, 2013, 12:22 AM
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The south of France is the place to go. The sites, food, wine and people are wonderful. Prices are cheaper and I did all of my travel via train. So easy and stress free. You could also rent a car and stop and go as you want. Aix-en Provence, Avignon, Montpieler, and if you start from Paris take the train to Bordeaux first and then Avignon, Aix and Montpieler. The Lavender will be in bloom i this part of France and the fields of flowers are so beautiful.
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Jan 16th, 2013, 09:00 AM
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<> (you mean Montpellier, I assume)

HUH? Why would you do that? The TGV zooms straight from Paris, and even CDG, to Avignon.

Judging by the other thread the OP started a couple of days ago, she wants to go to Provence. But now maybe she doesn't...
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Jan 16th, 2013, 06:43 PM
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It's the wine and food of Bodeaux that makes the trip to Bordeaux worth a side trip. Thanks for the spelling correction teacher StCirq?
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Jan 16th, 2013, 06:44 PM
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Excuse me teacher I forgot the r?
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Jan 16th, 2013, 06:57 PM
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Huh? again.

You're welcome. Bordeaux is a relatively boring French city. Someone who wants to visit Provence has no interest, and shouldn't, in visiting Bordeaux. It's nowhere near Provence and wouldn't normally, and rightly so, be on a first-timer's list of places to go in France.

Your observations are less than helpful. Good that you're interested in France, but not good that you're relatively inexperienced.
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Jan 16th, 2013, 07:05 PM
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Provence, not only because of it's beauty and history, but because the people are so much friendlier.
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Jan 16th, 2013, 08:09 PM
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Agreed Bordeaux is a bore *sorry couldn't resist*
Switzerland while magnificent is colder both in temperature and attitude, people are friendly but it's not going to grab your soul like the south of France.
TGV to Avignon stay a couple days. One of my favorite memories was driving to Pont du Gard in the evening after the tourists had left and going for a swim under the aqueduct. The asylum at Saint Remy is well worth a stop.
Cassis, Carcassone, Aix, Arles, Nice, Monaco, Cannes, the south offers so much.
I would take a pass on Marseilles it's a dump and Nimes offers little beyond the coliseum.

Cheers
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Jan 17th, 2013, 07:22 AM
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Thank you for your insights.

Is Monaco a skip. Or should I club it with Eze as a day trip from Nice? The comments above have siad that it is nothing besides a concerete jungle. And we are not interested in gambling.
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Jan 17th, 2013, 07:27 AM
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We've already told you numerous times that Monaco is a skip. But it's your trip. Do as you wish. You have only a few days. It would be a waste to visit Monaco.
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Jan 17th, 2013, 08:10 PM
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Monaco is a neat day trip. Even a half day trip from Nice. It falls under the category of ticking it off the list. It's quite beautiful nestled in the bay against the hills and it's just one of those places that you hear so much about that it's nice to say you've been. I mean, it's a 25 minute trip, what can you lose?
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