Where to Travel in France?

Sep 16th, 2007, 05:15 AM
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Okay I've looked in my bookmarks and I guess I don't have the train schedule web site anymore. Does anyone know it?
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Sep 16th, 2007, 06:13 AM
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LH: Renting, and driving, a car in France should not be at all daunting. Believe me, I am a nervous driver even back home and I have driven in France many times. In the regions of Normandy and Brittany I mentioned above, you will find many people speaking English, if that helps reassure you...

After I posted last night I was mentioning this region to my partner, who has never been..we both got so excited that I may plan a return visit myself..just the thought of that seafood and the beautiful scenery!!

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www.bahn.de
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Sep 16th, 2007, 10:25 AM
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Thanks Eks for the website for the train.
Isn't it funny how talking about a place you visited makes you want to go back? that's why traveling is so much fun.
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Sep 16th, 2007, 10:27 AM
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My husband wrote a lengthy article on Driving in France for the bonjourparis.com web site. If you can't find it there, write to me at
[email protected] and I'll forward it to you.
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Sep 16th, 2007, 11:52 AM
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We've driven in France many times with no problems - stay out of Paris with a car, however! Take a train from Paris to a smaller city/village and it will then be much easier.

My only issue is with the car rental counter personnel and the insurance. Twice I have ended up getting stuck with unwanted insurance. It's always very confusing and the language barrier doesn't help. I also think the counter personnel must get a commission on the extra insurance.
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Sep 16th, 2007, 12:06 PM
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If you book with Autoeurope you do not have to deal with counter personnel about things like insurance...all the arrangements are made--and paid for--before you arrive. just a thought.
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Sep 16th, 2007, 03:31 PM
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The French site for trains is http://www.sncf.fr/indexe.htm. It allows you to print out your own ticket.

I have the same kinds of travel questions as littlehouse - where to go in France for 2 weeks but I'm traveling in late Oct- early Nov. I have no problem with renting a car. Would your answers be any different?
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Sep 16th, 2007, 03:37 PM
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To herself: I'd like to try the site you mention (www.ite.fr) but when I try the link I get a site about Assistants & Aides Vétérinaire.
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Sep 16th, 2007, 03:48 PM
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Littlehouse, my husband & I leave in 2 days for 2 weeks in France. We will be in Paris for 1 then fly out of Orly South, with EasyJet (very cheap) to go to Nice for week #2. We are not renting a car.Parishuttle is picking us up at Charles-de-Gaulle airport (door-to-door) service. The métro is easy, we are told.
We will use trains/buses to travel along the French Riviera, from Nice. Why bother with a car, directions, PARKING,etc We both want to enjoy the scenery ie.going up Middle Corniche. We do want to get to Eze, St-Paul de Vence, Cannes, Menton, etc
We are hoping that the mixture city/coast will be perfect!
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Sep 16th, 2007, 06:10 PM
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3 years ago, my husband I went to France (his first trip to Europe) We spent a few days in Paris, took train to Bayeux in Normandy and then drove around that area. It was great. We are from the rural Midwest. We found driving in rural France to be easy. I thought Normandy was a great introduction to France for a man who likes history and food. There is a lot available in English but still plenty of French too.
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Sep 17th, 2007, 02:09 PM
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Well Belle I'll be interested to know how your trip goes. Keep me posted.

I really do think that we could easily find things to do in and around Paris to do for a week then figure out another area or two of France to travel to afterwards.

Thanks all for all the help youve given!!
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Sep 17th, 2007, 02:36 PM
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Okay now that we're pretty set on Paris for sure, does anyone have any good hotel/B&B recommendations?

We like places that include brk and are between 150-200 Euro. We like to be close to the sites but don't have to be right there since I know that costs more. We just like clean and comfortable.

I'll probably check tripadvisor and then come back with some names to throw at ya!!
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Sep 17th, 2007, 02:37 PM
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Whilst in France,I would go to Paris ( a must and you should do lots of research to find out what you like and what type of accomodations are of interest to you. Normandy, Impressionist town with loads of photo opportunities is Honfleur (which is about 1.5 hours from the landing beaches, 1 hour from Bayeux and located on a quant on fishing port. A beautiful b&b which has just opened by american owner and french hubby should be looked into called La Petite Folie! here is their website: http://www.lapetitefolie-honfleur.com
Good luck and try not to do too much during your visit
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Sep 17th, 2007, 02:42 PM
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Thanks Penny, I'll check that out!!
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Sep 20th, 2007, 05:06 PM
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Sep 20th, 2007, 05:53 PM
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For a Paris hotel, you may be interested in Hotel du Danube. A superior room will be within your budget. Nice location for a first-time trip.

I have photos here (first 2 pics are the Danube):

http://www.pbase.com/leelygoes/hotels_france_2007

I also posted a review on tripadvisor.com.

Have not been to Normandy or Brittany, although I certainly would like to visit those areas. Have fun planning your trip! I was very nervous about driving in France but had a great time. It was not too difficult. Now I feel confident enough to drive in Italy.
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Sep 21st, 2007, 02:44 AM
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Hi L,

>...we're pretty set on Paris for sure, does anyone have any good hotel/B&B recommendations?

We always stay at the Hotel Bonaparte, 61 Rue Bonaparte in the 6th. From 128E dbl w/bkfst. It is located near 3 metro stops. Has AC and an elevator.

Tel 33 1 43 26 97 37
FAX 33 1 46 33 57 67
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www.hotelbonaparte.fr

For more info, enter "Hotel Bonaparte" in the "search this forum" box.

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Sep 21st, 2007, 01:55 PM
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Thanks Leely and Ira-
I'll check out your hotel recommendations.
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Sep 21st, 2007, 07:39 PM
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Hi
We just got back from France in Tues. We were there 12 days, rented a car through autoeurope. Used www.viamichelin.com to plot the trip. We started in Boulognue sur mer north of Normandy and continued down Normandy stopping at Honfleur, Bayeux, Mt. Ste Michel. and ending in Dinan. We decided to spend 3 nights in Bayeux in order to visit the tapestry, the Normandy beaches, the American cemetery and Ste Mere Eglise. Rhe thought of the beaches at Normandy is overwhelming. In Bayeux, we stayed at the Hotel Churchill, nice hotel,English speaking owners and free parking in the rear. Right in the center of the city. If you enjoy seafood boulognue is a major fishing city, very good seafood. In Normandy, the mussels were the best we have eaten, sweet and small served "a la Normande" with cream. We found that we had evough to do for the period of time. Planned to go to Carnac but the distance was too far, especially as we had to bring the car back to Brussels. Enjoy whatever you do.
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Sep 25th, 2007, 02:46 PM
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There is so much to see in France. I do not know of another country that has so many places to see. If your husband loves history, I would suggest the Acquitaine and a wonderful place to stay is called the Manoir d'hautegente. The Loire, of course has great history and lots of photo opportunities. Chenonceau has very interesting history. I also love Burgundy and Beaune in particular. A great (and very romantic) place to stay is the Chateau de Gilly. I would also recommend Normandy and the city of Rouen (Joan of Arc). Have a great time.
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