I will be traveling with my 2 girls, ages 9 and 14, from Paris for 4 nights (3 1/2 days) at the end of June. It took a while for me to decide which side trip from Paris... there are so many fantastic possibilities!
I have settled on Nimes or Arles. Whichever one we stay in, we'll also visit the other one. I am very interested in artists, so I want to go on the Van Gogh trail in Arles. We also want to see the Roman sights in Nimes.
The girls would like to visit the beach (and being so close to the Mediterranian, who can blame them?)
So, I am trying to decide which town to stay in: Arles or Nimes. I have the the guidebooks about both of them, but can't decide.
Is one or the other more relaxing? More interesting to stroll around in?
What about the beach trip? I am thinking of Les St Maries in Camargue, or is there a better option? I thought the town there looked different, and maybe we would see some interesting landscape and perhaps the horses, from the bus.
I do not want to rush around too much. I want to have a relaxed time with the kids, carefully planning to allow for interesting experiences, while also allowing plenty time for serendipitous events.
We are definitely on a budget. If we stay in Nimes, I am thinking of Premiere Classes Nimes Center on rue de la Republique. (46 euro for all 3 of us) My only concern with that: is this a safe place for a mom and 2 kids to be walking in the evening?
It seems like the r/t from Paris on train will cost about $50 more to Arles. However, then we'll have a shorter trip to the beach I think.
Thank you so much for any input!