My husband and I will be traveling to Provence for 10 days in early May. This will be both of our first time in Provence. (We've only been to Paris, and just once.)
We're trying to figure out whether we should rent a car or rely completely on public transportation. I think renting a car would be nice for the flexibility (we could stay outside of the cities), but not sure about parking in cities or driving.
This is our tentative schedule:
May 3: Fly into Nice from Amsterdam
May 4: Nice sightseeing
May 5: Nice side trips (Monaco & Eze. Is it possible to do both?)
May 6: Nice side trips (Cannes & Antibes both?)
May 7: Nice sightseeing?
May 8: Travel to Marseille
May 9: Marseille sidetrips (Aix-en-Provence)
May 10: Marseille?
May 11: Travel to Lyon
May 12: Lyon sightseeing
May 13: Travel to CDG airport
Some things we'd really like to do on this trip include: visiting the villages and the markets, experiencing the food and scenery, visit some locations of Van Gogh's paintings, souvenir shopping, etc.
Should we rent a car? Is there a good city or two that's in a central location? (I've seen St. Remy come up often, but that seems a bit out of the area we'll be focusing on.) Or would it not matter too much if we rent a car? Are we trying to do too much? Not enough? Any other general advice you guys have?