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Stopover in Puy-de-Dôme area: driving from Loire Valley to Provence?

Stopover in Puy-de-Dôme area: driving from Loire Valley to Provence?

Jun 28th, 2014, 03:13 AM
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Stopover in Puy-de-Dôme area: driving from Loire Valley to Provence?

Hello!

My husband and I driving from the Loire Valley (Amboise) to Avignon this September. We'd like to break up the 7-8 hour trip halfway and stay overnight. Michelin recommends the quickest route down to Clermont-Ferrand then east along A89 / E70 through to St Etienne.

Any recommendations for pretty towns to stay in? It looks like Thiers is about the halfway point. I've looked at the beautiful villages map (http://www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/) but no towns seem perfect in terms of scheduling...

It's our first time in France, so be gentle ;-) We don't really know what's around but I'm trying to research like crazy. This forum is great. Thanks for any advice!
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Jun 28th, 2014, 10:08 AM
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Is there any reason you aren't just taking the train, which is cheaper and faster? You can drive all you want once you get there.
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Jun 28th, 2014, 10:11 AM
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The Puy de Dôme area is excellent, especially if you visit the site of the Puy de Dôme itself and perhaps Vulcania as well.

I do find the volcanic stone architecture of the area a bit creepy, but that's just me. http://anyportinastorm.proboards.com...418/auvergne-1
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Jun 28th, 2014, 04:53 PM
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We considered the train but are renting a car around the Loire for only two days. Seemed more of a hassle to have to return the car, get on a train which takes 5hours or so anyway by the time you connect through Lyon or Paris, and hire another car in Provence.
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Jul 9th, 2014, 09:57 PM
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Just bumping this up -- I'm finding it difficult to research this, if anyone has any additional ideas?
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Jul 9th, 2014, 10:05 PM
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Well, I stayed in the Campanile in Riom, which was convenient to the motorway and for visiting the surrounding areas.
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