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User currently offlineCoTXDFW777AA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 321 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1519 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.

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User currently offlineJutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1513 times:

I'd go to Toulouse, see if Airbus is offering tours.

User currently offlineCoTXDFW777AA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1512 times:

I checked the website and they do offer tours.


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User currently onlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8313 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1511 times:

Southern France is the friendliest, prettiest part of the country. Plus you can hit Italy too.  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1499 times:

Comme to sunny CMF  Big thumbs up
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User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1493 times:

If you are heading for Toulouse the short trip to Carcassonne is well worth it. Have you seen Robin Hood Prince of Thieves? That was filmed in the castle in Carcassonne.

[Edited 2004-07-19 09:56:52]


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User currently onlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6017 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1487 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.


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24950 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1486 times:

Avoid CMF at all costs  Big grin
Nice, Marseilles, Bordeaux
and the wine making area's  Big grin



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1475 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.

User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24950 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1470 times:

Stay away from JGPH1A though, he's a dodgy French bugger  Big grin  Laugh out loud


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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

I really like the Loire Valley. Awesome Chateaux and Saumur is a nice town to start the vacation in. The Loire Valley is a lovely part of the world indeed


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User currently offlineRickster From Austria, joined Dec 2000, 653 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1467 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.
bon voyage


User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1464 times:

Rickster, that is my favourite part of France too. I would also add Albi as a picturesque little town to visit and Gaillac for the wine!


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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7108 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1462 times:

take a trip to Italy or Switzerland, also Vineyard hopping in the south of France.

User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4695 posts, RR: 42
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1450 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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User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2259 posts, RR: 19
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1445 times:

Normandy. Lots of reasons, Calvados being my favorite one  Smile


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User currently offlineEg777er From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 1837 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1439 times:

Had an enjoyable weekend in Marseilles recently; very industrial, 'gritty' city but fascinating the mix of cultures and particularly the African influence. Also lots of wicked warehouse parties  Big grin .

Relatives live in Carcassone, they love it.


User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1435 times:

Montreal or Quebec City, go to Canada it's much nicer than France  Big grin




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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1434 times:

Re: Stay away from JGPH1A though, he's a dodgy French bugger

Gkirk - at least I'm not North British (in other words, practically English ) - HAH ! Take that ! Espece de connard d'Ecossais enculé and other Gallic naughty words.


User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3314 posts, RR: 35
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1420 times:

JG pretty fluent, your vehicular French is really up to date... bravo

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1418 times:

Merci ! I drive to work every day, so I get tons of practise  Laugh out loud

User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3314 posts, RR: 35
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1415 times:

CoTXetc...
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).


User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1410 times:

South-western France!!!

Toulouse, Albi, Pau, Carcassonne ... as Iakobos has said above.

The region of the Dordogne is also incredbile during the summer.

I spent 9 months in the city of Toulouse (junior year abroad), they were the best 9 months of my life so far.



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User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3314 posts, RR: 35
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1403 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.



User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

re: le cassoulet - ewuwuwwu - gross !! Truffes, yes - but best truffes come from Provence.

25 Greg : Try Tahiti...it's good for about four days...then you die of boredom. Best on Bora Bora, I think...if not...do Moorea.
26 Post contains images JGPH1A : Re: Try Tahiti...it's good for about four days...then you die of boredom. Best on Bora Bora, I think...if not...do Moorea. Nice part of the country, b
27 Greg : Opps....read the header...not the replies....my bad. Yes, it 'would' be a fairly wet trip by train....
28 CHRISBA777ER : Carcassonne - its close to Toulouse so you can go have a shufty at Airbus making the A380. Carcassonne is the most beautiful place in France. Very nic
29 Zak : chamonix! take a ride up the midi tram and enjoy the stunning nature
30 Iakobos : JG I cannot agree with you, truffes (tuber melanosporum) are without a single doubt the speciality of the wild and beautiful région called Périgord
31 Phxairfan : I would suggest you just drive over to Louisiana, but since you insist on France I would advise you to go to Strasbourg. It is a beautiful city with e
32 Lan_Fanatic : I visited Lyon back in 1999 and I become in love with it. I tend to love those cities that are large and powerful without being a capital city, and Ly
33 Cba : Lyon is a very nice city with a lot to do. Nice and the Cote D'Azur are wonderful, but be prepared to shell out some money there. Montpellier is a nic
34 Worldoftui : Aquitaine. The south-west of France is just beautiful and has some of the best beaches I have ever seen. Mark
35 Teva : From Carcasonne to Toulouse, why not take a boat on the Canal du Midi. You will discover a lot of beautifull villages, and the Sout west gastronomy. F
36 BOEING747-700 : NICE France was amazing, I would go back there in a heart beat, just remember to speak a little French though it will come in handy. I being Canadian
37 Aviationfreak : I'd definitely do the Côte d'Azur. Been their twice. Menton, Monaco, Nice, Cannes, StTropèz, St Raphael, Sanary sur Mer, Cassis, Marseille. I'll be
38 Post contains images Flpuck6 : Flpuck6 I guess that these 9 months will be a reference point for the rest of your life. Iakobos, indeed! Ahhhhhh, cassoulet ... miammmmmmmm. I actual
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