After spending a week in Paris last summer, we've decided to spend our year's traveling month solely in France this year instead of dividing our time with other European cities. We are looking forward to getting to know France outside of Paris but we have no clue on how to balance our month's time. We will need to get to Monterosso in Italy's Cinque Terre for two days on June 6 and 7 (we arrive CDG on May 30) for a family reunion/celebration of life so we're thinking of taking the train from Paris to Nice on June 4 and after a few days there, take the train to Monterosso and back. Returning to France again by train, we think the logical thing would be to stay in southern France before taking a high-speed train back to Paris for the last 10-14 days in the capital.
We would appreciate any advice on how to get to a town in Provence from Monterosso via train where we could easily rent a car and where we could drop it off to take the train back to Paris. St. Remy sounds like it would be an excellent base but I don't know how easy it would be to get there via train or would a bigger town like Avignon be more accessible.
We have about 4 days at the beginning of our trip before we head to Nice and are thinking of spending that time either in Brittany or Normandy or even Burgundy. None of these places are familiar to us so any suggestions would be great. Once back in Paris at the end of our trip, we plan to take day trips to other cities as well.
Many thanks in advance.