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Feb 7th, 2010, 05:14 PM
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This is extremely helpful. you ara savior. thanks a lot. i may write back to you again.
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Feb 8th, 2010, 12:02 AM
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Sumbul,

You cannot go to France without visiting the Paris-of-the-South, Montpellier. It's got everything including the sun!

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Feb 8th, 2010, 05:14 AM
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I've been to Paris and love it. But I can also recommend Toulouse having been there twice reecently. It's very charming and of course the weather is amazing most of the year.
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Feb 8th, 2010, 06:15 AM
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As an alternative, you may want to consider heading north. Honfleur is beautiful, as another has mentioned. The Bayeux tapestry is worth a stop. You could check out the D-Day beaches and, of course, Mont St-Mchiel.

I also love the Dordogne area, esp Sarlat, but it's a little tougher logistically.

And what about the Loire River Valley?
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Feb 8th, 2010, 06:45 AM
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We like Auxerre very much (a day or two is enough here) and we loved Aix-en-Provence and could have easily spent a week there.
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Feb 8th, 2010, 06:57 AM
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The new Pompidou Center in Metz opens in mid-May. You can be one of the first people to see it. The building looks pretty good.
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Feb 8th, 2010, 07:43 AM
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You're a very lucky person, sumbul. For two reasons:

1. You get to spend a 9-10 day trip to France in the spring, which is pretty awesome all by itself, and...

2. You've gotten some extremely good advice here. I have very little to add.

Except, maybe, consider the "chateaux country" of the Loire Valley. I think you'd probably like Saumur, Chinon, Tours, Blois and/or Amboise. Just one more thought to throw on the pile!
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Feb 8th, 2010, 08:05 AM
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Sometimes seeing less is actually seeing more. With only 8 1/2 quality days, I would carefully chose one or two other locations in a particular region/area to experience, besides Paris regardless of if you are driving or taking the train. Otherwise you will more time traveling than actually seeing/doing.

I know a lot of people spend weeks and months in Paris alone; I am not one of the them as the noise and sheer numbers of people get on my nerves after 3 or 4 days. It is exhiliarating the first few days, however.
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Feb 8th, 2010, 11:07 AM
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I am just hoping that this is not a once-in-a-lifetime trip. When you know that you can come back and see what you missed the first time, it makes for a much more relaxing first trip.
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Feb 8th, 2010, 11:29 AM
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You've received LOTS of good advice...StuDudley has a great itinerary for PRovence.
stu, we've covered that area, but would go back in a heartbeat after reading your thoughts. The outdoor markets are great,,,we caught the end of one in Arles, and went to the fabulous one in Aix, ,, but would love the markets in Isle sur la Sorgue, and St.Remy. You travel the way my husband and I do,,,,markets, pedestrian streets, countryside, small villages etc....however we zip along pretty fast, getting an overview. I believe from your past posts that you stay quite a bit longer in places. Either way is good.

I digress............Sumbul: sounds like you will have a wonderful , exciting, and beautiful trip...........the hardest part is in the "choosing" which towns outside Paris to visit. Hard to narrow down to one or two,,. A car is great to have for a few days so you can stop in small villages to get the flavor of "country" France".
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Feb 8th, 2010, 01:07 PM
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I guess I should have given you some options:

Ile de France: Troyes, Provins, Chartres, Moret-sur-Loing, Fontainebleau, Chantilly

Normandy-Mont St. Michel, Honfleur, Bayeux, Jumièges, Lisieux,

Brittany-Quimper, Concarneau, Dinan, Rennes, Vitré, the Emerald Coast

Atlantic Coast/Charente-Maritime- La Rochelle, Saintes, Cognac or Jarnac

Loire Valley Area-as a base: Loches, Amboise or Saumur
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Feb 8th, 2010, 08:04 PM
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If you're considering heading down to the south of France, you would very likely enjoy a visit to the Camargue area: wild bulls and horses, pink flamingos, lots more.
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