Bonjour -- Here's one aspect of the travel planning I'm puzzling through. (The set up: We are taking our first trip to France next month. We have three-weeks total (20 days & 20 nights, plus departure morning), including a full week (Sat-Sat) in a rented house in south central Languedoc, east of Carcassone. We fly into CDG, and start the trip with five nights in Paris. We leave Paris on Tuesday morning, heading to Normandy. Current thinking is to rent a car (either in Paris or Bayeux) for sightseeing (Giverny, Honfleur, Rouen, Caen, D-Day Beaches, Bayeux.) We have a room booked for Thursday night on Mont St-Michel.)
SO, the question is: what's the optimum way of getting from MSM on Friday morning to our town east of Carcassone by mid-day on Saturday? Planes, trains, automobiles . . . We are leaning towards surface transportation, and while it would be great to see the chateaux of the Loire or the caves of Dordogne, it doesn't seem like we have quite enough time for that, given our pace in Normandy. Google Maps shows two primary driving routes (westerly through Nantes and Bordeau, 8+ hours; or easterly through Tours and Limoges, 9+ hours). As for trains, travel down the west side seems rather indirect. I'm thinking it might be better to head back to Paris on Friday and take the TGV to Avignon, and thence to Narbonne. Or, that we might save ourselves several hours by taking a regional flight to Perpignan (presumably from Paris). Any advice would be appreciated -- thanks in advance!