Thanks to many responses to several postings about our trip to France in September I've become overwhelmed searching for places to stay in these two sections of France. It will be me, my wife and her mother for 3-4 nights in Normandy and 4-5 nights in Provence. We would also like to find a reasonably priced apartment in Paris for 3 nights. We have a rail pass for the longer distances and plan to rent a car in Normandy and Provence, but not in Paris. I tried several of the rental sites that were recommended here and finally gave up because there were so many and such a variety of rates. Another problem was that many listed nightly rates but when you got to the property site it was only by the week. So here is my question. Can anyone out there give me some solid advice about the best area to make a home base in each place and properties where you have stayed and would recommend? We like to shop in the open air markets and cook some of our meals. Any help will be much appreciated. Thank you.
Hi, Jim: I can highly recommend two places we've stayed, both of which would be very memorable for the three of you: In Normandy, La Ducrie...a Norman castle that has been converted into a B&B. We did the D-Day beaches and Mont St. Michel from there. http://www.la-ducrie.com Just on the outskirts of Provence in the Languedoc region, we stayed at La Bastide St. Anne, a world-class B&B in Castillon-du-Gard. Fantastic in every way, including unbelievable breakfasts on the patio overlooking the Pont du Gard. We particularly enjoyed the Saturday market in Uzes. From here we visited Avignon, Nimes, Roussilon, Arles, etc. It may be a splurge but it's worth it! Send me an IM if you'd like more info.
Hi Jim, Try Chateau Talaud just west of Carpentras. They have a couple apartments and a couple cottages as well. I will be staying there May 21 -22, but in the Chateau.
The cottages have kitchens so you can make some of your own meals. Carpentras is large enough that it has more than one market day too. Tell them Claudia sent you! Bon Chance!