hi there, we are planning our annual family trip and are looking for some advice from france experts!
we have two weeks in early spring and our trip will include small children and parents in their 80s. many in this group have had the chance to travel and prefer secondary destinations and a bit of the outdoors (i.e., lake garda instead of tuscany)
we want to find a base from which to explore a region in france on day trips. moving from place to place is too much for this group; we also want to relax and enjoy our time together so don't need to pack in a score of destinations. but, we want to find a place that's pretty and interesting (historically, culturally, culinarily, winerly, or some combo).
our trip last year was to southern spain, which was amazing. everyone loved visiting that region's attractions. but, we made the mistake of basing ourselves in the middle of nowhere, so we had to drive at least 45 minutes to get anywhere. tho we saw some wonderful places, that much time in the car was difficult for the youngest and oldest in our group. i'd love to find a base that is lovely and engaging in its own right, so that on the days we don't want to drive we don't have to.
right now we are considering sarlat. but, i'm worried that it's an ordeal to get there from paris. it's tough for the oldest folks in our family to take an overnight flight, then a long train ride, then a car ride.
would greatly appreciate any suggestions, or thoughts about whether sarlat will work.