I would be grateful for a little advice please :-)
We are coming back to Paris in August, and the dates are rock solid because my husband has a week long conference, and my son's school year starts a few days after the conference ends. We would like to spend a week before our time in Paris touring the countryside in the north/west. The two things we really want to see are Mont St Michel and Dinan. If it's convenient we may throw Giverney in this trip because we haven't done it as a day trip yet.
What I am having trouble deciding right now is whether to take a train from CDG to somewhere after we get off the flight (it looks like the TGV train will take us directly to cities like Le Mans or St Pierre des Corps/Tours, but not directly to cities like Rouen or Caen). The con is I'm nervous we'd fall asleep on the train and miss our stop or get our luggage stolen while we aren't paying attention.
The other option is to go directly to Paris, stay the night one night to recover from jet lag, and head out the next morning. The con is that we're not in the countryside seeing something new and we already have 7 nights in Paris where my husband's work will pay for the hotel.
So what would you do? Would you start in Paris or a different city? Side note, we are not renting a car until we are (a) out of Paris and (b) have had a good night's sleep :)
If you have any other suggestions, I am all ears! I read in another post some great tips from Mr. French Mystique. I am going to order some Michelin maps of departments in the area and look for the places Michelin points out. He said this was a great way to plan a drive in the French countryside as the guide books miss most of this stuff.
Thanks so much!