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What is your favorite small town in France?

Jun 6th, 2007, 06:38 PM
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this hotel was where I tasted and will again there (like MFK Fisher in "Long Ago in France") the Truite Bleu.
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Jun 6th, 2007, 06:39 PM
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St-Cirq
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Jun 6th, 2007, 06:43 PM
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St Cirq ???????
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Jun 6th, 2007, 06:50 PM
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OOPs that's the village in the Dordogne.
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Jun 6th, 2007, 09:02 PM
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St Cirq has said previously that she does not like St Cirq, the town that is.

I thought St Cirq was prertty cute.
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Jun 6th, 2007, 09:15 PM
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Verneuil le Chateau, Chinon, Richileau, any small city in the Loire Valley area-if you don't see at least 3 chateaux, you haven't seen France.
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Jun 6th, 2007, 10:20 PM
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We love Ceret in the Pyrenees, just over the Spanish border, not far from Toulouse.
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Jun 7th, 2007, 12:17 PM
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St-Cirq - we actually drove into St-Cirq in the Dordogne to see where the poster StCirq has her house after reading many many informative posts. I think we must've missed some of it, because that town is SMALL! =^D Beautiful countryside around there though...

Jenski - we loved Sarlat for a few reasons:
- the people in the town and around there were really friendly
- it was small enough to feel cozy and easy to walk around, but big enough to keep us entertained for a week
- it's fairly central for exploring the Dordogne
- the food in the restaurants we ate in was relatively good, and fairly priced.
- the Wednesday and Saturday markets are fantastic and massively entertaining
- it's beautiful =^D
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Jun 7th, 2007, 12:39 PM
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RonZ...

<<St Cirq has said previously that she does not like St Cirq, the town that is.
>>

She's not mad about St. Cirq-laPopie...
which is not the St. Cirq she was referring to in her post. lol

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Jun 7th, 2007, 12:50 PM
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We also enjoyed Sarlat for the reasons BikerScott mentions. If you go, try to have dinner at Les Quatre Saisons. But there are many beautiful villages in that region. We liked Sarlat because we were staying aweek and wanted to be somewhere a little bigger than, say, Carennac (which I loved!).
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Jun 7th, 2007, 01:23 PM
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This is what makes poster differnt. We all have different experiences at one place. We stayed in the same hotel as did St Cirq and loved it so much, they were nice to us but unfortunately her experience wasn't the same. The same happens in restaurants, someone says how great this one is, another will say it's awful. I don't care , it's what I like, how I was treated that counts.
Movies are th same way. a fodorite says it was a terrible film nd others like it alot. I don't think people should put down others taste. I happen to like all areas of France, so much beauty, history and wonderful people.
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Jun 7th, 2007, 01:27 PM
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A few different people have mentioned Chinon, which makes me want to add it to my list. What does everyone like about it?

Cigalechanta, I'll be in Uzes in just one week!
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Jun 7th, 2007, 02:03 PM
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Combrone, Wonderful!!That is wonderful. There is great saturday market. We enjoyed our lunch at Le Bistrot du Grezac and dinnr at Les Trois Salons. The Gentleman that runs the Maison de la Truffe right on the Place aux herbes is very helpful if you need directions.
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Jun 7th, 2007, 02:09 PM
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I'm printing out your recommendations. Thank you! Definitely looking forward to the Saturday market.
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Jun 7th, 2007, 02:25 PM
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Chinon! The town of Rabelais.

-Fine ruined chateau -- associations with the Plantagenets and Jeanne d'Arc.
- Some very pleasing medieval buildings.
- Good streets for wandering around.
- Lovely tree-lined river bank (the Vienne)
- Pleasant cafes and some decent restaurants
- Vineyards and wine.
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Jun 7th, 2007, 03:12 PM
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Cimbrone, the famous writer, Andre Gide was from Uzes nd as I quoted in a trip report, his father wrote:
"O Little town of Uzes, were you in
Umbria, Parisians would flock to visit you."
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Jun 26th, 2007, 11:26 AM
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wow-thanks for all of your suggestions. Stu, I'm going to check out the hotel in Bidaret-thank you. And Stu, I have explored the Massif Central a bit-very interesting area. We decided to stay two nights in the Dordogne (possibly at the Moulin de L'Abbaye). Any ideas on any "foodie" type tours we could do in the area?
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Jun 26th, 2007, 11:31 AM
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I agree with Stu about Bidart in the Pays Basque.

I just visited Brantome and thought it was one of the prettiest towns in the Dordogne. Just beautiful. Not sure what you mean by foodie tours..do you want restaurant recommendations in the area? An organized tour?
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Jun 26th, 2007, 11:31 AM
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I wish people would explain what is a small town. Under 100,000? Under 50,000? Under 10,000? Under 5,000?
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Jun 26th, 2007, 11:44 AM
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Hi EKS-yes, I'm thinking some sort of organized tour (that only lasts a day or two)-visit to a cheesemaker or something like that. My husband is a chef so is very interested in anything food related (other than eating out).

Small town-good question. 20,000 and under sounds good to me!
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