travelling with partner and 2 children (2 and 4) in April beginning in Italy, planning to catch the train to France (south) and pick up a hire car at the train station we then have 11 nights before staying in Paris. We are thinking a couple of nights on the coast, 7 nights in a gite and a couple of nights to travel to Paris. I am looking for suggestions on
1. where to catch the train to and stop on the south coast
2. suggestions on village to stay in for 1 week in good postition to do day trips in surrounding area, looking for somewhere that will have accommodation within the village, with cafes and bakery etc. interesting sights within the village
3.Suggestions on route Paris with stopover towns.