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Old 07-27-2012, 02:53 PM
 
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I will be flying into Paris early September and out of Munich the end of September. Ive traveled all over the eastern and middle of France but haven't ever ventured western France. I will be in Munich for the Octoberfest opening ceremonies. I am planning to take a train from France (prob Paris) to Munich.

I have about 10 days before heading to Munich, so I was wondering if any of you have anything interesting to report that is not touristic. My French and German are so-so, and I love to learn from the locals. I like adventure as well as history and really love the foods of Europe.

Please share any of your experiences.

Merci/Danke
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:23 AM
 
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Get a tour book.
The area is lovely.

Check out the Loire valley.
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Old 07-29-2012, 01:52 PM
 
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A few years ago we made a point of visiting part of western France, because we had never been. We really liked it, especially Nantes. If you don't go anywhere else, go to Nantes.

I agree with Chielgirl about the Loire Valley, we were there and loved it. Saumur, Amboise, Fontevraud Abbey (burial place of the Plantagenets), the gardens of Villandry, the magnificent chateaux.

Our itinerary was something like this:

From Paris we took the TGV to Angoulême. This place was un-touristy, and interesting, because this medieval town up on a hill has become a center for an international comics festival, which takes place every January.
You'll be walking around these ancient ramparts, and suddenly come across a mural on the side of a building.
I guess you have to see it to understand it, it was sort of surreal, but cool.

We did visit Oradour-sur-Glane, but I know you said you were interested in places besides WWII history.

We then chugged up the western coast, through Cognac, to La Rochelle, and spent several nights on Île de Ré, which was well worth it. After that we began heading north.

Southwest France is gorgeous as well, the Dordgone region with Sarlat le Caneda, Cahors wine, the caves, etc. Toulouse is wonderful to visit.
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:20 PM
 
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I suggest you visit Mont St. Michel Island:
Site officiel de l’office de tourisme du mont saint michel - Home page
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:45 PM
 
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I spent a magical week in Brittany but if you aren't into Arthurian legends a lot will be lost on you. As was suggested, get a guidebook.
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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We were in Mont St Michel too--get there VERY EARLY to avoid the crowds (we did and it was worth it.)
We loved Brittany but we were not in the far, far west, we went north from Nantes.
St Malo, Cancale, Perros-Guirrec. The Pink Granite coast was relaxed and un-touristy. I took this picture in Plougrescant:
http://i.imgur.com/sI03L.jpg
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:36 PM
 
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La Rochelle and the Ile de Re are very well worth visiting too.
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