Planning a 2+ week trip, roughly like the three week trip for drivers in Rick's book (probably skipping Normandy and Brittany).
Of course it will be either spring or fall. My first trip to Europe was Italy in late September and it was still very crowded so I'm thinking to go a bit later if fall, or somewhat early if spring for smaller crowds. Despite the crowds the Italy trip was the trip of lifetime and using the all inclusive passes every opportunity made a huge difference.
We like gardens so I was wondering when they usually peak, it's not the primary concern and if they still look good as late as Oct that would be fine.
So I'm thinking sometime in Oct as crowds should be somewhat diminished and not as hot in the south.
Any preference for early or late Oct?
Thanks for any advice