We're a couple with 2 kids under 10. We'll be spending 8 days/nights in France later this month, so weather is certainly an important factor in our planning. Our intial plan was to spend 3 nights in Paris, 2 nights in Avignon, 2 in and around Cannes/Nice and 1 more night in Paris.
But I suspect this is unrealistic, particularly with kids dealing with jetlag.
One alternative is to spend more time in Paris and go on day tours to Chartres, Tours, etc., or rent a car and visit places nearby. Another one is to spend less time in Paris and go to Provence, stay in one place for 4-5 nights.
We're keen on the following:
- just having a relaxing holiday
- the experience of being in a different country, the sights and sounds, particularly for the kids
- photography (for me)
What we don't care for:
- French cuisine (okay, please don't flog me for this)
- kids won't tolerate more than a museum or two
- we'll probably be chateaux-ed out after a 2-3
In our family only I've been to France before: a short visit to Paris and another short visit to the Cote d'Azur. I speak some French.
I loved the Cote, primarily for its light (which has a clarity that I haven't seen elsewhere), and would like my family to experience it. But at the same time we can't completely give Paris a miss. I suspect our visit isn't long enough to do justice to either, but too long to visit only one of the two places.
I realize that I can't ask someone else to make the decision for me, but given this information, what would you suggest?