Our family has traveled to France (usually dividing our two to three week vacation time between Paris and another European city) for the last four summers. While in France, we love having Paris as our base and we have been very happy exploring Paris and taking side trips to Giverny, Chartres, the D-Day beaches and Versailles. We are now looking ahead to June 2020 for a month-long stay in Europe and would really like to begin to include some outdoor experiences during our travels. I would appreciate any ideas that readers on this forum could offer since my knowledge of the different regions of France is limited.
We're not a particularly athletic family (my husband and I are 70) but we enjoy bicycling and like to hike and swim. We'd prefer to stay in parts of France that are not too crowded yet within easy access to a nice town/village and delicious food and wine. I recently bought Rick's and Lonely Planet's books on France and at first glance it looks like Provence might be a good place to start but I've only just begun researching and thought I might see if readers with more knowledge of France might be able to offer and share their outdoor travel experiences there. Thank you.