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Old 05-06-2007, 09:28 AM
 
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Hi!

Am a student thinking of spending a month in france experiencing the french culture. I have a few friends who will be working in Paris so ideally I would prefer to stay somewhere close to Paris (not in paris though, considering the high living costs and tourist crowds). But then again, I am not a big city type of person and would want to stay away from tourists (despite myself will be one). so being close to Paris is not a must. I like being near the lakes, oceans or mountains, somewhere nice and safe with easy transport links. I've been to Nice, Marseille, Lyon, Aix en provence and of course Paris. Is there any other place you could recommend me to stay for a month?
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Old 05-06-2007, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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The Dordogne and Gascony are wonderful ( Sarlat in the Dordogne is a good place to be based though you will need a car )and the area is beautiful , stunning little villages, painted prehistoric caves ( a must see) , chateaux and lovely food.
Also Brittany from St Malo to the Finistere. Unfortunately the area around Paris itself is about the dullest in the whole of France.

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Old 05-06-2007, 11:56 AM
 
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Hi!
Thanks. I forgot to ask, where do you think is a good place combining french language course and holiday?

I don't have a car and certainly cant afford one myself. Actually am considering places where I can make friends easily while on the course. Places that have large young populations/ universities around.

hmm, or maybe i'll try to come up with a few options and post up here.
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Old 05-06-2007, 01:26 PM
 
Location: in the southwest
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I loved Toulouse. It is a university town filled with the energy of young people.
It is a very walkable, attractive city, marvelous in itself, but only a brief train ride away from all sorts of interesting places.
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Old 05-06-2007, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Toulouse is probably the best for a university town as it's huge but still friendly with a large student population, excellent public transport and you can go to the pyrenees real easy by train, get to Bordeaux, and it's on the TGV to Paris. There's a lot to see in Toulouse and area, and some good nightlife too if you like that sort of thing ( including excellent jazz clubs , though maybe that's a bit old for you?). Excellent suggestion Cil. Rennes is also a very friendly university town though maybe not as pretty and Lyons too which is a fantastic city.
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:50 AM
 
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Having been to Lyon I'm actually consdering Toulouse where the living expenses are cheaper than Paris. The thing is it's a long train ride from Paris (5 hours) plus it's probably not worth spending 100 euro for a return ticket to Paris for a weekend.
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Old 05-31-2007, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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Default Try Tours on the Loire

Some years ago I spent 10 days in Tours. From the French Railroad (SNCF) one can rent bicycles (3 to 6 speed) for very cheap. You can rent for a week or by the day. I rented one and rode around the greater Tours area for several days. All you need is a small packpack for food, water, etc, and a Michelin map which shows all the small roads. Along the Loire River the traffic is heavy, but there are many country roads only 1 kilometer away which are virtually deserted of traffic and run along sunflower fields and thru many villages. Not far from Tours are other interesting cities such as Amboise, Blois, and Orleans. Tours itself has a large gothic cathedral and picturesque bridges across the Loire. It's also pleasant to sit in an outdoor cafe and watch the people. The Cher, a smaller river nearby, also provides some very interesting sights, such as castles. Of course, all along the Loire are some of the most fabulous castles one could ever see. In general, most tourist sites are closed on Mondays. The train from Tours to Paris takes a bit less than 2 hours and they run often to Gare d'Austerlitz.
Above all, I wish you a very exciting and pleasant time.
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Old 06-25-2007, 12:55 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Alsace is very nice, especially during the Christmas season. I would recommend either Colmar or Strasburg.
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:01 PM
 
Location: in the southwest
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Alsace is very nice, especially during the Christmas season. I would recommend either Colmar or Strasburg.
I loved Strasbourg! There were a lot of tourists but somehow the city absorbed them, and visiting the European Parliament was interesting. What a beautiful city, and there would probably be language courses.
Isn't there a TGV between Strasbourg and Paris? We only spent a short time in Alsace, I would love to return.
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I love Alsace too. I just re-visited after far too many years away and it truly is lovely. Strasbourg and Colmar are both gorgeous and if any of you are in the area I would strongly recommend a visit to Riquewhir, a gorgeous medieval town , as pretty as could be.
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