NEED HELP, Going to paris(5 days), and will drive to lyon, bordeaux, and on to barcelona. I have 3 weeks. Need meals and hotels.Side trips etc. UPSCALE.
What does upscale really mean ? $$$$ (or €€€€) or just fancy ? traditional ? modern ?
In Paris, is a dinner at Pierre Gagnaire upscale ? or something like La Régalade ? or something else ?
for Barcelone, go to the spain forum.
I suspect you'll get some advice to avoid criss-crossing France and reroute your trip, but for now, one thing I'd suggest after Bordeaux is to find a way to get to & stay (& eat) at HEGIA in Hasparren (not far from Biarritz), provided Arnaud Daguin hasn't sold it. From there it might be easier to reach Barcelona through northeastern Spain rather than southwestern France; in any case, it will entail plenty of driving. Check it out: http://www.hegia.com . (And look for other CH comments on Hegia.) We had a fabulous experience there 2 summers ago.
You can do a lot worse than look at:
This is an association of independent hotels around France. We've stayed a several over the years & never been disappointed. Usually, the food is very good and the level of service & friendliness excellent.
You'll certainly do some criss-crossing of France with your itinerary. You might want to consider Paris, Bordeaux, Barcelona, Lyon. If you're arriving & leaving from Paris that is.