I have since ruled out London, Jura, Versailles/Giverny, the French Riviera, Normandy, and Brittany this time around. We'll have 2-5 days for a side trip and I'm currently deliberating between...
- Burgundy, Beaujolais and Lyon (love these wines, and food even more)
- the Loire Valley (love Chenin, & it looks beautiful too)
- Provence (who doesn't love the idea of Provence?)
For any of you who've been to these places, were they favorites, or not so much? How much time would you recommend spending there, and what was the best way to get around (especially if you are interested in visiting specific producers)? For some reason we have a huge fear of paperwork/driving/parking in a foreign country where we don't speak the language...
Thanks so very much for your thoughts!
Booked a roundtrip ticket to Paris from Apr 30-May 10. Been to Paris a few times, and would love to spend around half the trip doing something else...the problem is there are TOO many options and I'm overwhelmed. Would prefer not to rent a car, but it's still something I'd consider.
- ...take the train to London? (Never been.) This is one I'm seriously considering, but will it be too much?
- ...visit a wine region in France? (I love Beaujolais, whites of Alsace, Jura reds, Provence rose, etc.)
- ...explore the nearby surroundings of Paris (Versailles, etc)
- ...hit up Normandy or Brittany? (not interested in war history, but am really into food/drink/arts/etc.)
- or do something else? (Edited to add that I have been to Nice, so somewhere other than the French Riviera, and that I probably travel to somewhere in Europe every other year or so.)
Any suggestions? All ideas welcome and so very appreciated!