After nearly a decade travelling together, DH and I are starting to recognize our travelling patterns. Here are a few that may impact this trip:
1) We travel much slower than Rick Steves usually suggests
2) We like getting started early in the morning and rarely are out late at night
3) We prefer public transportation
4) I experience a lot of anxiety moving our bags from point A to point B and checking in and out of places on vacation. I prefer as few "home bases" as possible on each trip.
Which leads me to our next adventure- France 2015. It's my husband's first time there and we plan to spend about 2 weeks in France. So, this is where I'm struggling to figure out what towns we should stay in and the best itinerary for those who aren't particularly fond of renting a car. Originally I thought we would go to Paris for nearly a week and then hop around Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley (Giverny, DDay sites, Honfleur, Bayeux, Mt St Michel and the castles/vineyards of the Loire). In reviewing Rick Steves 2014 France guide it seems that many of these trips (by public transportation) go back and forth through Paris and that perhaps there isn't a good home base (besides Paris) for this. Should we reconsider and either do just Paris+day trips (Versailles, Chartres, Reims, Giverny for example)? Or Paris+Loire Valley? Could Bayeux be a reasonable second home base?
Anyone done Normandy/Brittany/Loire by public transportation or are we looking at lots of 1 day stops carting our luggage around to do all these places?
Any ideas or suggestions are welcome...Thanks