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jdm026 Jan 25, 2013 11:22 AM

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.

  1. Yank Jan 26, 2013 01:35 AM

    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.

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      jdm026 Jan 25, 2013 04:45 PM

      By upscale I mean traditional . Gagnaire is perfect. Went to hegia and loved it.

      1. boredough Jan 25, 2013 01:42 PM

        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.

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          masha Jan 25, 2013 01:18 PM

          Have you searched this Board? Paris, Lyon & Bordeaux have many discussions. In terms of side-trips and food-worthy chambres d'hote along the way, you might read this Post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/759348

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            Maximilien Jan 25, 2013 01:10 PM

            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.

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