I could really use a bit of help -- my husband and I are going to France in July for our tenth anniversary -- I lived in France as a child (I haven't been back since 1996), and I so want to show him so many wonderful places where I have fond memories...I may make him hate France by the end of it all.
We are starting our time with 7 days in Paris. This part, I'm not too worried about, although I'm trying to decide if a day trip to Versailles is worth it for him.
This is where things go off the rails: Please help with a reality check. Here's my itinerary for the rest of our time. Please bear in mind, we are from Texas, so driving four hours is just a nice afternoon trip -- that's sometimes the part we love the most, so some of our car riding may be surprising.
Day 7 -- leave Paris early by train to Normandy (not sure where yet) join a half-day D-Day beach tour. Stay in a small town, either Saint Malo or a small town around there.
Day 8 -- drive to Mont St. Michel and tour the town, stay that night on MSM
Day 9 -- travel early AM to the Loire Valley, staying either in Amboise or Blois, tour one Chateau
Day 10 -- Tour 2 Chateaux -- still deciding, but our front-runners right now are Chenonceau (my all-time favorite), Blois (a family favorite, along with Leonardo Da Vinci's house) and *Cheverny. We may switch one out for Chambord, but it's just so huge.
*If my hubby is having castle burnout, we may choose to go to Gien instead.
Day 11 -- Travel to Vienne (the town I lived in) and tour the town/see the Roman ruins/ampitheatre -- stay possibly in a vineyard along the Rhone
Day 12 -- Travel to Nimes, visit Pont Du Gard, spend the night
Day 13 -- Nimes/Travel to Nice mid-day, spend the night
Day 14 -- Nice/afternoon trip to Monaco timed to go to dinner and the Casino, spend the night in Nice
Day 15 -- fly out of Nice, ending our trip.
Please tell me if I'm being ridiculous. I know this isn't a deep dive into some of these cities, which may sound sacrilegious, but I'm trying to give him a broad view. We have been saving for this trip and talking about it for years, and I want him to see how beautiful and varied the country is and why I love and miss it so much.
Any help is so greatly appreciated!