My wife and I will be traveling to France in early March for 9-10 days. We fly into Paris on a Thursday and fly out of Paris the next Sunday. We will spend several days in Paris before renting a car and visiting Normandy for 1-2 days. We are then left with 4-5 days left to fill. Due to the sheer number of possibilities, we are struggling to decide. We heard/read wonderful things about the Loire Valley & Bordeaux. I am a history buff and would love to visit Verdun. We have also considered driving into Belgium. Any advice/suggestions would be most appreciated!
(P.S. My wife loves sheep. We visited Ireland last year with the intention to visit a sheep farm, but weren't able to make it. Is anyone aware of anything similar in France? I recognize that this is a long shot. Please don't let it distract you from the more important questions above.)