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2 days outside of Paris

We plan to rent a car in Paris and just drive for a couple of days to explore. We leave USA on Oct 1. Any ideas? Thanks, Linda in CA

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Here are two: 1)drive west to Mont St. Michel, Bayeux, the American cemetery, D-Day beaches, Caen, .... 2) drive southwest to Amboise, Tours, Chinon, and the chateaux in that region. Happy travels.

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Those 2 itineraries would be my first 2 choices also, tho I'd see the Loire Valley before the coast.

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I would start with the Loire Chateaux, you could spend three days there easily. if you do want to go on, Bayeaux tapestry is a must, and Mont St Michelle- before all the beaches

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Loire Valley, pick any of many chateaus to visit . it is wonderful even if you choose not to go in them.

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I'd also suggest Amboise/Loire Valley. Beautiful scenery, beautiful chateaux and worth the trip!

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I'd go to the Anjou region of the Loire before the Touraine region. It's a little more rustic with interesting chateaux, underground cave dwellings, and delicious wine.

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Linda - You're from Turlock! So the Loire will seem very familiar. It's like the San Joaquin Valley, only with castles and nuclear power plants. I'd rather spend the time in Normandy.

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Doug, I'm actually going to be in the San Joaquin Valley in a few days (on the way to Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks). Do your remarks mean I should bring the beret and French language tapes?

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Well, there is this great sidewalk cafe in Manteca...

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Get a GPS & have plenty of money for tolls. If you get a diesel car, the station might say Gas-Oil which is what you use. We just got back and got lost everywhere we went, but had a great time doing Giverny,Chateux Gaillard, Rouen, Honfleur, Bayeux, D Days sights inc. Utah, Mont St Michel, St. Malo, Fourgeres, Chartres.