Southwest France Spots

Mar 21st, 2006, 01:40 PM
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Southwest France Spots

Please help with a suggested 3-4 day itinery of southwest France. I am flying to Barcelona.
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Mar 22nd, 2006, 08:39 AM
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First, get to France.

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Mar 22nd, 2006, 09:22 AM
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For 3 or 4 days, I would stick to the area between the Mediterranean and Carcassonne. Get the Michelin map of the area and Michelin's guidebook of the Languedoc.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 03:40 AM
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Dear WT:

With 3/4 days open in SW France, proximate to Barcelona, I'd head toward Carcassonne for a day then perhaps onto Albi and Cordes. Then, finally, a day and night in Toulouse. Plenty to see and do and it wont entail too much driving..

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Mar 23rd, 2006, 05:01 AM
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When are you going? I'm am headed that way tomorrow (OMG!!! what am I doing on this board??) Will be posting a trip report in a few weeks when I return.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 06:51 AM
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We will be there first week of May. Do I need to obtain a international driving permit? Any recommendation on car rental agency? We will be traveling with our 9-mon. baby; is there a car infant chair law in Spain or France? Where to stay in those little towns in this journey? Is reservation required?

Thanks for all your advices.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 08:32 AM
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If you are driving from Spain and pass through Andorra, Foix is a nice city on the road into France, albeit not worth a special detour if you are not on that road.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 09:09 AM
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I would take my own car seat. Maybe things have changed (maybe?...of course they have!) but 10 years ago, our rental car came with a car seat made of styrofoam. Seriously!
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 09:12 AM
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Dear WT:

an IDP ( Int'l Driving Permit) is always helpful. But be aware that it is only a translation of your license, not a new license specifically for France. If you choose to stay in Albi, there is a lovely restarant/inn called Le Vieil Albi. I stayed there a few yrs ago.. The owner, M. Claude Sicard is a very nice fellow, although a bit harried. In Cordes, I stayed at Le Grand Ecuyer: a fabulous 13th century hunting lodge. The rooms here all have names: if you choose to stay here ask for the room named 'Seigneur de la Prune'. It has a lovely views of the surrounding countryside.

Hope this helps..

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Mar 23rd, 2006, 10:32 AM
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Spain has the most severe car equipment laws of the EU now (reflective orange vest, danger triangle, etc.) I would hope that rental cars are equipped accordingly, because the other tourists entering Spain have been receiving huge fines if they don't have the necessary items.
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