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Old 07-12-2015, 04:42 PM
 
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West and SW. Also focus on WINE growing regions during November.

Yes, it could be cold and wet.
Crush is LONG over by November. The vines are going dormant for the winter.
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Old 07-13-2015, 05:03 PM
 
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Great suggestions. I still decide to spend the first half in Paris since I really like the city. Will explore Loire Valley and Monte st Michel during the stay. They all seem close enough. I don't think I can do well in the countryside for two weeks! Then maybe a couple of days in Lyon which is an underrated city.

After that, I was debating between Nice and Montpellier... Similar weather I guess. I visited Nice for a day only and had a good impression; Montpellier seems to be surrounded by interesting towns as well and although smaller, is said to have a more youthful vibe in November as Nice tends to have mostly older residents when tourists left. Is that true?

I am leaning towards Montpellier now because it is a new region for me, and that I will head to Madrid afterwards. However trains seem very expensive (like $200 to MAD).
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:43 AM
 
Location: SW France
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Great suggestions. I still decide to spend the first half in Paris since I really like the city. Will explore Loire Valley and Monte st Michel during the stay. They all seem close enough. I don't think I can do well in the countryside for two weeks! Then maybe a couple of days in Lyon which is an underrated city.

After that, I was debating between Nice and Montpellier... Similar weather I guess. I visited Nice for a day only and had a good impression; Montpellier seems to be surrounded by interesting towns as well and although smaller, is said to have a more youthful vibe in November as Nice tends to have mostly older residents when tourists left. Is that true?

I am leaning towards Montpellier now because it is a new region for me, and that I will head to Madrid afterwards. However trains seem very expensive (like $200 to MAD).

I'm surprised.

I haven't looked into that route but our limited experience of using trains round Europe has been that they are reasonably priced.

We were using them in northern Italy a couple of months ago and they were very reasonably priced. My wife and daughter have travelled between Paris and Milan for what seemed to be a real bargain.

I know that these comments are vague in detail but I just wonder if better deals are to be found.
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:33 PM
 
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France-Spain is more expensive. I get Montpellier-Madrid for 110 euros in mid-November on voyages-sncf.com. The equivalent Paris-Milan ticket is 59 euros, and the completely nonrefundable class is only 29 euros.
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:13 PM
 
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France-Spain is more expensive. I get Montpellier-Madrid for 110 euros in mid-November on voyages-sncf.com. The equivalent Paris-Milan ticket is 59 euros, and the completely nonrefundable class is only 29 euros.
Thanks- that's interesting.
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Old 07-16-2015, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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Will explore Loire Valley and Monte st Michel during the stay. They all seem close enough.
I don't know much but since I've always wanted to see Chateaux de la Loire, I've done a bit of research. It seems like a trip that'd require a lot of driving. The castles seem really far away from one another. Unless you're only planning to see one or two. Maybe it's actually easier than I imagined?

Mont St. Michel also seems pretty far away from Paris, but that's just one spot so it's pretty simple.
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:19 AM
 
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I don't know much but since I've always wanted to see Chateaux de la Loire, I've done a bit of research. It seems like a trip that'd require a lot of driving. The castles seem really far away from one another. Unless you're only planning to see one or two. Maybe it's actually easier than I imagined?

Mont St. Michel also seems pretty far away from Paris, but that's just one spot so it's pretty simple.
The Loire Valley is one of my favorite parts of France. While you do need a car, the distances are not all that great and you can comfortably visit a couple of chateaux every day. The trick is to choose a good base and tour from there. I usually stay in Amboise.

Mont St. Michel is well worth visiting although it is very touristy. To get the most out of it you do need a guided tour. While it is quite far from Paris, it is close to Normandy and Brittany so can be seen as part of a visit to those regions.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:29 AM
 
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I'm actually gonna visit Mont St. Michel this August. Have already booked tickets from Paris to Rennes and are currently praying for a really nice, sunny day.

And yeah Loire Valley is def. more difficult to get through, and since I can't drive, it's pretty much impossible, which is a real shame as I've been dying to see Chateau de Chambord et Chateau de Chenonceau.

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Old 07-17-2015, 11:30 AM
 
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I'm actually gonna visit Mont St. Michel this August. Have already booked tickets from Paris to Rennes and are currently praying for a really nice, sunny day.

And yeah Loire Valley is def. more difficult to get through, and since I can't drive, it's pretty much impossible, which is a real shame as I've been dying to see Chateau de Chambord et Chateau de Chenonceau.
Chenonceau and Amboise are very close - 6 miles - and Blois which has a magnificent chateau is also close - maybe 20 miles. You could get the train to Blois and use public transport to visit all three chateau. Also, the Saturday market in Blois is amazing and a lot of fun to wander around. Tours, which is a bigger city with a lovely cathedral is also close. Chambord is maybe 10 miles on the other side of Blois and in between Blois and Ambois is Chaumont and yet another chateau.

I know I said above that you need a car. However, as I gave this more thought, I think public transport would also work.
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