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Monica Aug 7, 2013 07:08 AM

So I have been to Paris and South of France which includes Provence region and French riviera.
What other areas are recommended for food and overall sightseeing. My husband and I prefer pretty country regions with beautiful surroundings over cities. Someone I know recommended Burgundy region.

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  1. Yank RE: Monica Aug 7, 2013 07:32 AM

    Burgundy is great. You might also want to try Gascoigne. Lots of great food there.

    Many of the other really good regions are more spread out, less concentration of really good places. The Corbières for instance. or the Languedoc.

    Well worth a visit. even though its a 'big' city is Toulouse. Great food & architecture.

    There are few uninteresting regions anywhere South of Paris. And to the North East you have Alsace and Champagne.

    An embarrassment of riches really.

    1. Parigi RE: Monica Aug 7, 2013 07:43 AM

      Burgundy
      Brittany
      Basque country
      Dordogne-Lot
      Collioure-Pèzenas and surroudnig area
      Ardèche
      Normandy

      1. ChefJune RE: Monica Aug 7, 2013 08:24 AM

        No one's mentioned the Loire Valley yet...

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          Kelly RE: ChefJune Aug 8, 2013 01:03 AM

          You beat me to it! :o)

        2. John Talbott RE: Monica Aug 7, 2013 08:48 PM

          Yank, Parigi and Chef June have named practically every departement/province/area there is; and I in my senilitude have been to all plus the Pas de Calais, Northland, Vosges, Isles (esp d'Yeu) and have a hard time deciding where we'll go in September.
          Do you have perhaps a map and a dart? Throw it. Then get out your Green and Red Michelins and go!
          OK I'm joking, but I swear, we have, in 60 years, never been bored anywhere, oh maybe in Cannes during the Film Festival listening to Hollywood types in a restaurant talking shop-talk, on the beaches of the Riviera in summer or in the deepest 16th anytime.
          But it's hard to find a bad region in France.

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            Monica RE: John Talbott Aug 9, 2013 09:03 AM

            I guess there is a reason why french don't travel much outside of their country.

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              Parigi RE: Monica Aug 9, 2013 09:13 AM

              Proportionately speaking, they do. Many of my French friends know India, Mexico, Laos, …, much better than they know France. True.

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                John Talbott RE: Parigi Aug 9, 2013 12:46 PM

                It's kind of startling that few Americans know their National Parks nor the French their national treasures.

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            Bigos RE: Monica Aug 12, 2013 05:56 AM

            "My husband and I prefer pretty country regions with beautiful surroundings over cities"
            - I see Alsace in your future :)

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              Monica RE: Bigos Aug 12, 2013 06:45 AM

              Will keep that in my mind. thank you.

              1. re: Monica
                LulusMom RE: Monica Aug 17, 2013 11:33 AM

                I had a wonderful week hiking in Alsace this spring. It is absolutely beautiful and charming. However, for me (a non-pork eater) food-wise it wasn't up there with some other regions. That said, I'd go back in a flash.

                Annecy is a lovely place to visit. So is coastal Brittany (especially if you love seafood and crepes).

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