CoTXDFW777AA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 321 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1249 times:
I am planning a backpacking trip for early fall and am wondering what are the best cities to visit on a tour of country. I want to get away from the major tourist hot spots and see the country side. I want to see Arles, of course, i have heard good things about Chamonix and Lyon sounds nice. I hope to get down to Toulouse and see the airbus factory. Those are about all I have in mind so far. Any good suggestions and comments are welcome. I am going to try to stay on a budget and will be staying in Hostels and hotels. Thanks for your help.
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5870 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1217 times:
Don't forget the general area of Cote d'Azur - not to mention going out for a nice dinner in St. Tropez (though the queues getting to/from there are HORRIBLE!), visiting the mini-Venice in Port Grimaud and generally finding a nice strip of sand along the coastal road.
Me & my family have been staying in the area every summer since the early 90's.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1205 times:
Cote d'Azur, definitely - the coast is beautiful, lovely beaches and little towns, inland you have mediaeval fortified villages, and the lovely countryside of Provence. There's Monaco as well - have fun driving round the GP circuit, and Italy is just beyond that.
Rickster From Austria, joined Dec 2000, 653 posts, RR: 4 Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1197 times:
I go for Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence-Alpes-Coted`Azur, lots of great cities such as there are Montpellier, Sete, Carcassone, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles, the Camargue, etc...superb food, friendly people and lots of nice little towns. Make sure to rent a car or a scooter to be flexible.
TriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4690 posts, RR: 45 Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1180 times:
I really suggest you go and visit the Charente-Maritime and Aquitaine regions. Wonderful, wide beaches with great surf, lush green pine forests with their unmistakeable smell, good food and very good vine and (usually at this time of the year) lots and lots of sunshine.
The baches are crowed, but most beach resorts are not as packed with concrete hotel towers and souvenir shops like Cancun or Florida.
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Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3310 posts, RR: 36 Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1145 times:
How long do you expect to stay ?
A real off beaten tracks and wonderful way of visiting inner France is by renting a river boat.
Among the many choices, the canal du midi is a fantastic opportunity to cross from West (near Bordeaux) to East (just S of Lyon). It passes through Toulouse, Castelnaudary, Carcassone, Sète, the Camargue.
No licence required, you stop whenever and wherever you feel like, folding mini-bikes are provided and a bbq if requested, you shop straight from the producer (most lock keepers sell their own products) or the nearby mini-market, you will forget that cars, trains, traffic lights, and many annoying consequences of our galoping society do exist.
The more you are the less it costs, if only two it is on the expensive side, four starts being fair, six is a bargain.
Trident3 Albi is indeed wonderful, but if one ventures there, the nearby Cordes sur Ciel is a jewel straight out of the Middle Ages.
Gaillac wines (Coteaux du Tarn AC) are pretty average, the white is acceptable, the red is usually called "le gros rouge qui tache" (the big red that stains).
Iakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3310 posts, RR: 36 Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1133 times:
Haaah....la ville rose, la cité des violettes, la place du capitole, les rives de la Garonne, le cassoulet, les truffes, le pays du rugby, Nougaro, (+Airbus, Astrium, Matra, Motorola....)
Flpuck6 I guess that these 9 months will be a reference point for the rest of your life.