We are leaving early from Paris to head to Versailles on June 9, and we are checking in to our place in Provence in the afternoon on the 11th. We have a car and a patient 10 year old, and we are willing to do some real road-tripping. Ideally, we would leave Versailles and drive for a few hours to our next stop where we will spend the night. Then, we would have all day the next day to do explore a region or a few villages as we meander to our next stopover which will put us a little closer to Provence.
We would love to find as many little stops along the way that would make a beautiful road trip even more fun. Somewhere to see lavender fields, great little restaurants you can't miss, quaint villages worth strolling through, more food suggestions, interesting artisans to find, places to get delicious cheese, unique scenery, places with amazing food, castles/castle ruins, etc, etc.
We are hoping for quick stops, not day long or half-day activities. A light outdoor attraction is okay, but no hiking or canoeing - we are doing outdoorsy activities in Provence. No wine-centric suggestions (driving, 10 year old). No amusement parks.
Thank you for any ideas, suggestions or tips! Whether we get a fantastic trip suggestion start-to-finish or just a few places to stop along the way, we appreciate your help!