We are going to Paris in July and have decided to spend one night in Le Mans. We want to see the car museum, the racing tracks, the old town, the cathedral and the sound and light show http://www.nuitdeschimeres.com/en .
I have understood that it is cheaper to book train tickets three months ahead, but would like to hear your opinion on how much time we will need for this trip. For day one I think it would be best to leave Paris before midday (without any very ambitious plans for the morning) and see the old town and the cathedral, have dinner somewhere nice (suggestions?) and of course see the sound and light show.
This will probably be our only visit, is there something more we really ought to see?
Day two we will go to the car museum and the racing tracks, but I find it very hard to estimate how much time we will spend there. We are definitely more interested in old cars than in racing history, so I dont think we will spend a lot of time in that part of the museum. Provided we will be at the car museum as soon as it opens in the morning, for what time do you think I should plan the return trip to Paris?
Is it an option not to book any return tickets and just go to the train station when we are finished or will we risk being stranded in Le Mans?