France - risking the wrath of contributors...
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Aug 8, 2012 12:30 AM Last Post By: TraceyTracey
Jul 24, 2012 8:29 AM
France - risking the wrath of contributors...Hi there,
We are travelling through Italy and France for six weeks by train We have a rough iternary for Italy but admit to being overwhelmed by the choices in France.
I wonder if anyone has any suggestions and/or must sees for France. We have a full week in Paris at he end of our trip and will be travelling from Venice by train into France.
We are looking for a nice overview of France. We would prefer quality over quantity. We are a couple in our 50's .
Jul 24, 2012 9:57 AM
Jul 24, 2012 10:40 AM
2Thank you all, I'm very grateful for your advice.
I thought the regulars would think we've been too lazy to do our research. Thats why I said wrath. We're simply overwhelmed by the huge choice of travel options in France.
We love wine, food, history, architecture. We would prefer not to drive. Perhaps take a few day tours.
Jul 24, 2012 1:47 PM
Jul 24, 2012 3:33 PM
4Lyon...I love the Viaduct de Millau so it usually gets my vote as well, but it's not really on the way and requires a car...your post said 'by train'....
I hope you've already made friends with http://www.seat61.com for almost all train questions..
You say six weeks for Italy and France; seems like a lot of time, but you'll find there's never enough time for everything you might think about....
and Lyon, well it has the history, the food, the river (Rhone), and so much more. And with all that, it's not my favorite place in France but I think most people would enjoy it more than where I go. And I'd say it's more user-friendly. Where I go a car is needed for everything.
Whatever you choose, you'll find lots to enjoy and if you have the time and money in the future, more reasons to return.
Jul 24, 2012 6:01 PM
5I don't really understand how much time you have, but it seems like a couple of weeks outside of Paris.
and what time of year?
for wine, somewhere like Beaune would be easy and not necessary for a car.
Avignon is a personal favourite of mine but i've only visited the surrounding area with a car.
you could easily spend a week in each of these and see a great mix of stuff.
for Paris, do some searches on here like "Paris day trip" because there's lots of mentions of cool chateaux in nice towns (such that you wouldn't feel too bad to have missed the Loire Valley) that can easily be visited for the day all on pub transport.
as for the "wrath" - well, there is a whole lot to do and see but it's only you who can decide. these are merely suggestions on what I/we like. it's up to you to figure out what interests you most, so just keep reading and note things on here that you like the sound of.
Jul 24, 2012 7:42 PM
6Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to reply.
We will be in France at the end of Sept/early October.
We really only want to travel by train and then perhaps do a couple of day tours.
Jul 24, 2012 8:19 PM
7Is this practical, achievable and giving us a good overview of France? This is in a 2 week period end Sept/Oct ending in Paris for a week before we head home. Remember we are in our 50's so we don't want a pace that a 20yo would want.
All by train.
1. Venice to Nice (3-4 days)
2. Nice to Avignon (3 days)
3. Avignon to Tours (3 days)
4. Tours to Strasboug (3-4 days)
5. Strasborg to Paris
Jul 24, 2012 8:41 PM
8I don't think number 4 above is practical (Tours to Strasbourg) .
Edited by: TraceyTracey
Jul 24, 2012 8:49 PM
Jul 24, 2012 10:03 PM
10I wouldn't do Bordeaux. Bordeaux itself ain't pretty. Nearby regions definitely are - for example the Dordogne region, which has too many chateau to count, the lascaux caves and some quiet pretty villages.
Jul 24, 2012 10:35 PM
Jul 25, 2012 1:14 AM
13I live in Toulouse and think it's worth seeing, but it's definitely a long way off your route if you are heading towards Paris. Stay towards the eastern side of the country.
Bordeaux gets a lot of bad comments on here (especially from Fwoggie!) but in fact the city has been cleaned up over the past years and is really quite nice, especially in the evenings along the river. The centre has been named a Unesco heritage site. And it's only a 3-hour train ride from Paris. And is close to Dordogne too, which is nice.
Jul 25, 2012 5:37 AM
14For me the best bits of France are outside of the main cities - Brittany, Vosges, Dordogne and Lot, Provence and so on. By concentrating on big cities such as Toulouse and Bordeaux you are going to miss so much whereas smaller towns and cities such as Tours, Strasbourg and Avignon will give you a much better experience.
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