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Paris then ??? then Nice ...

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Paris then ??? then Nice ...

Hi all. We are a late 30s couple traveling to France for the first time (sans kids !!!) in July 2013. We will be visiting Paris and then staying outside of Nice. We have 5 days in Paris and then an additional 7 days (not including travel). Would you suggest heading straight for the Riviera from Paris or would it make sense to do a few days in an area of Provence (aix, arles, etc) We love the beach, the old towns, eating and exploring but also like historical sites. Would we be too rushed by adding an "in between" and detracting from our stay along the coast ? I understand individual taste and opinion but was wondering from those that have done it already. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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1. Re: Paris then ??? then Nice ...

Welcome to the forum! I wouldn't do the "in between". If this is youf first trip, 7 days on the Cote d'Azur will give you the opportunity to see lots and also allow for ample down time....and you want to make sure you have ample down time. The only way I would add an "in between" is if you shorten the Paris portion to, say, 3 days. If you choose to do that, I would suggest Provence. Avignon, for instance is a 2.45 hour TGV trip from Paris and it is a 2.45 hour drive from Avignon to NIce.

In terms of the Cote d' Azur, It has everything that you are looking for. Great beaches (Theoule sur Mer is a lovely one.), terrific old towns (Villefranche, Antibes and St. Paul de Vence) great restaurants and great food is everywhere and you can look at historical sites 'til the cows come home!

You mentioned that you are staying outside of NIce...have you chosen your accomodation yet?

I am sure others will weigh in...what else can we help you with?


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2. Re: Paris then ??? then Nice ...

I would be inclined to agree with danthecoast on this - 7 days on the Cote d'Azur will allow you to have a nice relaxed explore of Nice and the surrounding area, but putting in Aix-en-Provence or similar will mean you are spread a bit thin.

Will you hire a car or use public transport? The buses and trains in this region are fantastic (and cheap).

I'd also recommend the beach at Théoule-sur-Mer and Cagnes is also nice for swimming (but pebbled, not sandy). Other places worth visiting Include:

Vence (http://www.vence.fr/home?lang=en)

Tourrettes-sur-Loup (more one for if you have a car as a bit of a nightmare to reach on the bus - http://www.tourrettessurloup.com/)

Gourdon (http://www.beyond.fr/villages/gourdon.html)

Eze (eze-riviera.com/village/…welcome_village.html)

The Villa Ehprussi (http://www.villa-ephrussi.com/en/home)

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3. Re: Paris then ??? then Nice ...

The Riviera is part of Provence but if you want to see one of the "country towns" in the region too, I think it would work OK especially if you shorten the time in Paris to 4 days.

Have you decided yet how to travel between Paris and the French Riviera ?

If you intend to use the TGV, then breaking the journey in for example Aix for a couple of nights would work before carrying on to the Riviera on the train or driving there

An alternative might be to fly into Marseille then take a shuttle into Aix town, then onward by train or car.

You shouldn't need a car once you arrive on the Riviera unless you are staying somewhere that is inconvenient for public transport or want to visit some of the more remote areas mentioned above .

Roads on the coast will be busy particularly during the second half of July.

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4. Re: Paris then ??? then Nice ...

Forgot to mention the Hotel Muguet in my first post. The Muguet is my "go to" hotel in Paris It is in the 7th Arrondisement close to the Eiffel Tower. If you like the look of the hotel and want to book there, I will let you know the room number to request that has a virtually unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower. Gorgeous at night! The Muguet is 2 or 3 blocks from a Metro stop and the wonderful Rue Cler (market street) is right around the corner. I heard the front desk staff speaking English (I speak French) to other guests, so if your French isn't great, you will still do fine.





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