A friend and I are thinking of 10 night or so trip this summer - late July....
Currently, we are thinking of flying into Paris and spending 3 nights, then 3 nights somewhere else (reachable by train) in France, and then on to Barcelona for 4 nights. I have been to Paris and Barcelona (but less than 2 days each) - she has never been to Europe.
I was thinking we could break up the cities with 3 nights somewhere....? But I do not know much about France. I know Arles and Avignon are in Rick's "Best of" book, but I do not know anything really about these smaller towns in France. Avignon is having a theater festival ending on the days we would be there... not sure if that's good or bad....
I'm thinking some relaxing, wandering, she likes wine, we want to eat yummy things.. I would like to avoid renting a car and do everything via train. And somewhere that semi-decently connects Paris and Barcelona.
Ideas?? Help please! Inexpensive accommodations, restaurant recommendations, things to do appreciated too! :)