I am going back to Paris for businees, first week of September. Am considering throwing in one week south of France. Have never been outside of Paris. We are interested in visiting countries, historic sites. Not too much on beach, maybe one day just for the sake of it. Here are my questions. (1) Time: last week of August, or 2nd week of September. Which is better?
(2) Trasportation: we are thinking of picking up a car in Paris and drive down. Heard a lot of mideval places we are interested in visiting are not on bus/train route. How congested the drive would be? difficulty find parking? Or should we fly to Nice and pick up a car there? What about high-speed train?
(3) Where to stay: we are considering to split lodging in 2 places, Provence for 4 nights, French riviera for 4 nights. Which towns would you recommend in these 2 areas?
(4) Is it possible to make a day-trip to Monocon? worth it? Not going to gamble. Rather, just to see what it's like.
Many thanks in advance!