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Taking a Day to Drive from Carcassonne to Touraine; Suggestions?

Taking a Day to Drive from Carcassonne to Touraine; Suggestions?

Mar 31st, 2006, 06:25 PM
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Taking a Day to Drive from Carcassonne to Touraine; Suggestions?

We'll be flying from USA to Carcassonne in September, spending Friday night at Narbonne and then over the course of the next day driving rental car to southern Touraine. Mappy.com says this is a 6 hr drive, but we mean to take our time. Any suggestions for side trips? Homeschooling our 14 and 16 year olds with "the world is our classroom" philosophy. Where to have lunch or supper?
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Apr 1st, 2006, 05:10 AM
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Depends on which route are you planning to take -- I will assume you are backtracking via Toulouse, then going due north toward Touraine....

It is indeed a 6 hour drive, which in itself could strain the nerves, unless your kids have a high tolerance for car-trips...so consider that when planning ambitious side trips.

Once you get about an hour north of Toulouse, you are in the Quercy, all of which is beautiful. We stayed 4 nights last October in Monpezat de Quercy, a white-stone village near the autoroute and the excellent, modern N 20 that runs parallel to it (the autoroute was empty -- I think few would choose to pay the tolls through that region when the N 20 is so good.

You might visit Cahors, north of Monpezat.

But the really nicest bits of your itinerary are north and east of Cahors -- e.g. Martel, Collonges, etc. If your kids like underground caverns, there is the Gouffre de Padirac.

Alternatively, after Cahors (say, around Souillac) you could detour briefly into the Dordogne area to the west.

Note that after you pass Brive la Gaillarde, you enter into the extreme dullness of the Limousin.

In other words, the nicest countryside and the nicest towns are around the middle of your journey.
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Apr 1st, 2006, 05:29 AM
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Hi S,

Is there a particular reason for going to Narbonne instead of staying in Carcassone?

You mght wish to get from Narbonne or Carcassone via Albi and Figeac, both nice places to stop over.

From Figeac you could see the Gouffre de Padirac and/or Collonges-la-Rouge on your way to Brive.

If you take the highway via Toulouse and Montalban, you might want to visit the Peche Merle cave at Cabrerets and St. Cirque-la-Popie.

Have a nice visit.

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Apr 1st, 2006, 07:57 AM
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This is very helpful; thanks! We don't want ambitious side trips really, but realistic beautiful-route and smallish-side-trip suggestions like those. We go to Narbonne because none of us has yet dipped a toe in the Mediterranean.
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Apr 1st, 2006, 06:21 PM
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Rather than Narbonne, go to Sete. You'll be pleased.
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Apr 2nd, 2006, 12:54 PM
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Hi S,

>We go to Narbonne because none of us has yet dipped a toe in the Mediterranean.<

You want Narbonne Plage if you want to stay at the beach.

We were there last Sept.

The day before we had seen the Atlantic near Arcachon. Windy, cloudy, gray and cold. Arrived Narbonne Plage (5 hr drive); gorgeously blue, calm sea under a cloudless sky - temp about 85F.

The town is nothing to write home about - think Fort Lauderdale - but it has a nice beach.

Enjoy your visit.

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