Where to Travel in France?

Sep 25th, 2007, 03:01 PM
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Assuming no car, I'd do a combo of Paris and Lyon. Paris..no need for description. Lyon, city that combines very scenic views, roman ruins, UNESCO cited Old Town, nice museums, not too big, good metoo system...and rated one of the top gastronomic citiesin the country. I spend 4 days there and felt I saw waht the town had to offer.

If I had a car, I'd be tempted to do the Loire Valley. Chateaux, small towns, bucolic scenery, lots of history, good food, vineyards,etc.. Also, not too far from Paris.

Or... I might suggest the Dordogne for similar reasons. Train to the south, then drive.

Sometimes a combo of city and country is nice.
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Sep 26th, 2007, 04:55 AM
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Okay I think we've decided to do a week of Paris and the areas around there. Maybe a night in Normandy. Then we're thinking some beach time on the French Riveria. I know we can fly out of Nice so that will probably need to be our last stop. What other towns in the French Riveria would everyone suggest?
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Sep 26th, 2007, 05:02 AM
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Littlehouse,
I wouldn't be worried about driving in France.

We rented a car after a week in Paris and drove up through Honfleur to Bayeaux, to Mont St Michel and then down to Amboise, then back to Paris. There were actually times when we were the only ones on the freeway! Even the small roads were easy to navigate. Have fun!
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Sep 28th, 2007, 03:10 PM
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Please list your fave French Riveria towns. We want some beach time and nice shopping as well. We may or may not have a car.
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Sep 28th, 2007, 03:30 PM
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You need to get yourself a good map of France and check out the distances between the cities/towns & areas you are considering. IMHO you would be spending far too much time travelling if you are looking at Paris, Normandy & the French Riveria in two weeks. Think about Paris & Normandy OR Paris & the south of France. You will probably have a more enjoyable trip by focussing on just two places.
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Sep 29th, 2007, 04:23 AM
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Thanks all expect for the advertisement person! I wish there was a way to delete that from this thread.

Anywho, okay well maybe we'll just do Paris and one French Riveria town. Nice has a flight back home so that maybe an option. We just want a town with a nice beach so we can chill before heading back home. This trip is to mark our 10 year anniv so we will want some chill time !!!
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Sep 29th, 2007, 04:50 AM
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Okat I tried going to http://www.sncf.fr/indexe.htm to look at train schedules but I can't find a place so it will show it in English. I know while in France I'll speak French but trying to find my way around the site in French is a little hard
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Sep 29th, 2007, 06:32 AM
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Train schedules:

http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en
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Sep 29th, 2007, 08:31 AM
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Thanks Ron!!!
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Oct 2nd, 2007, 01:05 PM
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Stay in Nice; rent a car to visit some of the interesting, picturesque hill villages (St-Paul-de-Vence, Eze, Mougins) and coastal towns (Cannes, Antibes). Spend half a day on the peninsula of St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, visiting the Ephrussi de Rothschild gardens (all 7 of them, each in a different style) and lounging on the sand beach by the marina. Take the lower or middle corniche drive to Monaco and back.
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Oct 2nd, 2007, 05:24 PM
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Thanks Underhill, that sounds like a plan.
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Oct 21st, 2007, 01:36 PM
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Hey Belleamie, how was your trip? I'm curious to see how it went since I'm trying to plan our trip right now.
Thanks so much!!!
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Oct 28th, 2007, 01:18 PM
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Bumping to the top in hopes that Belleamie will be back with France info for me!!!
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Oct 28th, 2007, 02:25 PM
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Okay now that we have our Paris apartment set, we need to plan the rest of the trip. After leaving Paris, we were considering taking the train to Normandy for a day or 2 and 1 night then on to Mont St Michel for a day or 2 and 1 night stay then back to Paris.

How's that sound? Which cities would we need to train to? The train websites can be quite confusing.
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Nov 18th, 2007, 08:26 AM
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Okay I'm rethinking things and need your help. What if we flew into Paris on Thursday June 5 then heading out to Normandy and Mont St Michel first then back to Paris for our apartment stay starting on June 10th?
What would be your suggestion taking the train on renting a car to get there?
I know we'll be jetlagged so that is another concern.

I also thought about going to Nice first and chilling there for 4 days then head to Paris for our June 10th checkin.

Anyways, thanks for any help you can give would be awesome!!
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Nov 18th, 2007, 09:35 AM
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If jet lag on arrival is a concern, you will probably want to begin your trip in Paris.

I am going to refer you back to Ann's post (09/15) for a good itinerary based on your interests (photography, food, beaches, etc.) and transportation by train. It's perfect! Renting a car though will open opportunities for day trips from wherever you decide to base yourself.

Also, be aware that many family-run hotels/B&B's in smaller towns have winter closures - may already be! To avoid disappointment, I always book hotels in the fall for summer travel. Hotel websites usually indicate closures. You might want to move on this as soon as you nail down your itinerary!

Good luck!

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Nov 23rd, 2007, 03:53 PM
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Penny-
"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."

I have been checking on your recommendations and was wondering how far Mont St Michel is from here?
Thanks so much!
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Nov 23rd, 2007, 06:27 PM
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For distances, go to Mappy.com.
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Nov 24th, 2007, 05:54 PM
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Thanks you guys you've been most helpful!!!
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