Hello. I'm new to Graffiti Wall but it looks like a great resource. My wife and I are in our mid 30s and planning a trip to France August 4-19. It would be great to get some pointers from the forum. I went to France for a 3.5 week tour in 1998 during the World Cup but my wife has never been to France. In 1998, my friend (French) took me everywhere except the extreme eastern part of the country. It was a great trip filled with local knowledge. I should comment on other threads!
Anyhow, my wife and I cannot speak French (wife is fluent in Spanish) and we plan on using mostly public transit but we may rent a car for a day or two. We have a rough itinerary so far. We enjoy culture, relaxing, history, art, and good food. My wife is really looking forward to great pastries.
Here's the itinerary:
August 4-7: Paris.
Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs, Arc de triumph... touristy stuff like that.
Any good restaurant recommendations? Typical stuff most days but we're open to spring for a Michelin starred restaurant one night. Recommended Patisseries? I think it would be great to see a good Cabaret one day.
TGV to Provence. 8-11: Thinking of staying in Arles. 3 star hotel. Wine tour, Ponte du Guard. Les Baux, Avignon.
Train to Riviera (Villfranche)12-15: We have a hotel in mind (Villa Vauban.) Pretty much the same recommendations. Hotel, food, entertainment.
Train to Annecy or Chamonix 16-18: Not sure which place would be the best. Annecy seems better, Chamonix could be packed.
Back to Paris night of 18th. Flight leaves CDG ~1:40PM.