I would love some feedback on this plan. We have two house-swaps arranged in France for July 9 - August 9, one of them in Brittany and one in Paris. I have a history buff son, so we want to visit Normandy, the Somme and Verdun. I'm an art historican, so I have to see some cathedrals and perhaps a chateau or more onthe way. Hotel recommendations are welcome.
Thursday July 19th stay at Mont St. Michel (my parents loved this place, so I have been dying to get there since hearing about it)
Friday July 20th, Sat. July 21st see the beaches at Normandy and the Bayeux tapestry over those 2 days
Sunday July 22 lunch in Rouen (which I also loved visiting with my parents), night near or in Amiens
Monday July 23 see the Somme battlefields, stay (if possible) at Coucy le Chateau (which sounded as if it had a wonderful ruined castle)
Tuesday July 24 go to Verdun for two nights, seeing also (if possible) Soissons, Noyon cathedrals (we saw Laon before and loved it)
Thursday July 26: begin our drive back west to Brittany (we are staying near Quimper)
I thought we might detour south to see Bourges and Blois. We stayed before at a wonderful chateau near Nevers that was not too expensive, so we may do that again.
Friday: July 27 back to "our" home near Quimper in Brittany.
That will give us about 10 days in Quimper before and 4 days after our trip to travel through some parts of Brittany, see the beaches, bike on an island or two, etc. We will be in Paris from Aug. 1 – 9, so we’ll have a week of sight-seeing there as well.
Recommendations for Brittany and Paris are also welcome.