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Post #1 by PredsFan77 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:19 pm

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Post #2 by AD » Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:00 pm

France?

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Post #3 by PredsFan77 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:25 pm

Dog wrote:Have any of you been to Mont St Michel? It's out of the way, but seems spectacular so I've pencilled it in.


eh. it's interesting to see, would I go back? No. it's pretty touristy. If you are going to do it, do it right and book a room on the island for the night. Also, you are not too far away from Le Mans if you are looking for more to do in the area. If it's between that and Caen/Bayeux. Do Normandy, easy. Especially if you haven't been. It's one of the most humbling experiences you'll ever have.

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Post #4 by PredsFan77 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:44 pm

touristy. I guess it's kind of like going to Mount Rushmore kinda. You go out of your way to get there, and you see it and then it's like... ok, now what? If you do go, I thought one of the better places to go in the area is to the left of the dam. You can park your car on the road and walk the tractor path to the overlook of the place.
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Post #5 by PredsFan77 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:47 pm

Sounds like a lot of driving.
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Re: France

Post #6 by AD » Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:11 pm

I yawned but Paris is my favorite city in the world so really I'm mostly jealous.
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Re: France

Post #8 by AD » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:39 am

Wanna buy a house downtown? CA$824,000. Its yours. C'est un prix d'ami.
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Re: France

Post #9 by mayoradamwest » Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:12 pm

Dog wrote:
PredsFan77 wrote:Sounds like a lot of driving.


I'll have to dump Mont St-Michel and/or Alsace to make it less hectic....or add a few days to the trip. We'll see.

Anybody been to Provence? Enjoyed?


Avignon Is a delightful change after Paris. Small walled city, popes palace, and chateau Neuf du pape. Had a great few days there.
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Re: France

Post #10 by mayoradamwest » Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:14 pm

Also, Mont Saint Michel is neat but isn't a place is at I'd have to go back to. Normandy is worth seeing for everyone, but it's not something you can do for a full day.
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Re: France

Post #11 by mayoradamwest » Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:57 pm

Dog wrote:
mayoradamwest wrote:Also, Mont Saint Michel is neat but isn't a place is at I'd have to go back to. Normandy is worth seeing for everyone, but it's not something you can do for a full day.


Worth the 3-4 hour drive each way (with overnight stay)? Looks quite special on pictures, but you guys seem to be meh about it.



I did the drive, and I enjoyed it. It's just, the town around it is kinda shit. Granted my visit wasn't recent, but the islnd castle is roughly a half day and then.... you're just waiting to leave (other than the Normandy part. If you're a ww2 buff it's worth it... actually I have clearer memories of gold beach than I do mont st Michel.

It's not that the castle isn't spectacular, it's just that there are many Spectacular things which have more to do around them. I'm not saying don't go of course....
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Post #12 by PredsFan77 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:41 pm

The Canadian cemetery is pretty impressive too minus the burnout tires someone did on the Canadian flag
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Re: France

Post #13 by habfan4 » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:15 am

Dog wrote:Looks like we've settled on France for our summer holiday this year. I've been to Paris, Nice and Lyon, but it's been over a decade. Wife's only been to Paris and that was even longer ago. Our 7 year old will come along (travels very well).

Thinking of itineraries now. Likely will fly into Paris and leave from Nice. Will go for 14 days.

Thinking:

Paris: 6 days
Mont St Michel (and maybe D day beaches): 1-2 days
Loire valley: 2 days
Provence (Avignon/aix-en-provence/etc): 2 days
Nice and surroundings: 2 days.

Will be driving after Paris.

Thoughts?

Worthwhile to allocate a day or so to vineyards around Bordeaux?


Skip Avignon. The thought of visiting the Palais des Papes along with the competing Popes thing seems compelling at first glance (or possibly you're drawn to the Pont d'Avignon). Either way, disappointing. Arles is a much better choice.

Bordeaux is fine, certainly worth the visit. However if you're planning on being in Provence/Camargue area why not save yourself a longer drive and hit the Rhone Valley (Orange etc.)?
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Re: France

Post #14 by AD » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:23 pm

I have family in Nice. Well they have a small winter flat in Nice. Want me to hook you up?
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Post #15 by habfan4 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:13 pm

Dog wrote:I spent a few days in Nice as a student on a trip from Turin to Barcelona like 15 years ago. Nice isn't the place with the most to do, nice boardwalk and old town, but whatever. The party vibe was outstanding, though. Some of the prettiest girls I've ever seen in that city and a cool relaxed atmosphere. May not do as much bar hopping on a family trip this time around, but wife likes some beach/downtime at end of trips. The coastal drive is pretty nice too.


The Matisse and the Chagall museums are well worth seeing if you're so inclined. The only resto, I recall from my time in Nice was Lou Pistou. A quick google search confirms that it's still up and running. A tiny bistro that served well prepared classic dishes at a decent price.
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Re: France

Post #16 by habfan4 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:18 pm

Dog wrote:Thanks 4. Provence is a bit of my blind spot. Was thinking of staying in a smaller town and day tripping.

I would love some Habsfan4 restaurant recommendations! Please!

Flight's booked. Staying 17 days.

Thinking something like this (driving after Paris):

Paris: 6 days
Mont St Michel: overnight
Loire (based in Blois): 2 days
Strasbourg: 3 days (including either drive through Champagne route in or Alsace wine route out)
Provence: 3 days
Nice: 2 days


I can think of two places in Paris off the top of my head. L'Atelier Maitre Albert - http://www.ateliermaitrealbert.com - Roast chicken was spot on. Along with Les Bouquinistes - http://www.lesbouquinistes.com/ - Excellent value for prix fixe lunch. Both are owned by Guy Savoy.
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Post #17 by habfan4 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:58 pm

Dog wrote:Thanks, 4.

Gimme MOAR!!!


Verjus was excellent - http://verjusparis.com/fr-restaurant/ - Ditto Frenchie - http://www.frenchie-restaurant.com/home-restaurant-fr Getting a table at Frenchie was difficult but that was a few years ago. Not sure either is kid friendly though.

The next two are little touristy but I still like them. Willi's Wine Bar - http://www.williswinebar.com/willis-wine-bar-paris.html and Bofinger - http://www.bofingerparis.com/en

Aux Lyonnais was great as well - http://www.auxlyonnais.com/fr - A little on the pricey side, but it's Paris and the restaurant is part of Alain Ducasse's empire.
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Post #18 by PredsFan77 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:46 pm

Tarte flambée and charcrute in Strasbourg
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Post #19 by PredsFan77 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:49 pm

AD wrote:I have family in Nice. Well they have a small winter flat in Nice. Want me to hook you up?



The questionis how good are you at driving a fully loaded semi truck?
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Post #20 by AD » Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:57 am

Not very. I can't seem to keep it straight and I'm always veering off the road.
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Post #21 by mayoradamwest » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:31 am

Dog wrote:Gracias!

(Or however they say that in french)


There's no translation.
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Post #22 by PredsFan77 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:47 pm

AD wrote:Not very. I can't seem to keep it straight and I'm always veering off the road.


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Re: France

Post #23 by Craig » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:54 pm

If anyone finds themselves in Paris and they're in the area of Les Trois 8, I highly suggest going for a beer or a cider if you're in to craft drinks.

Also, if you brought me back a couple of men's large t shirts I'd be hugely grateful. I love their shirts and mine is getting worn out.
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Post #24 by PredsFan77 » Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:08 pm

if the jihadis dont get you the dirty hipsters will for sure
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Post #25 by Craig » Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:27 am

I do!
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Post #26 by Craig » Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:18 am

It is!

There's not much touristy out there. But if you're in the area, I'd love a couple of shirts.
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Post #27 by AD » Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:23 am

Dog, if you don't go to La Banane while in Paris, I'll understand what I need to understand.

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Post #28 by PredsFan77 » Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:13 pm

Just tell them you want to go by the bataclan.
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Post #29 by Craig » Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:59 pm

They wear out and I don't go to Paris that often.
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Post #30 by Craig » Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:19 pm

It's a good policy, if you can afford it.
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Post #31 by PredsFan77 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:00 pm

i am craving some tarte flambee
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Post #32 by Craig » Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:43 am

Yeah, but like, did you get my t-shirts?
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Post #33 by Craig » Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:45 am

Geez, why'd you even go then?
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Post #34 by AD » Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:16 pm

En Marche!
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Post #35 by PredsFan77 » Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:35 pm

lol they do that to everybody. mine was like 90 euros
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Post #36 by Craig » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:16 pm

How much is it if you never pay?
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Post #37 by PredsFan77 » Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:28 pm

I tried cancelling a credit card to avoid the charge but the rental company still got me
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Post #38 by MP » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:25 am

Why were you only doing 6 over... Nancy.
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Post #39 by habfan4 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:10 pm

Dog wrote:France just sent me a ticket for having been caught on radar at 6km/h above limit (76 in 70 zone) at some point during the 2,700kms I drove (and spent about $500 on toll booths).

Fortunately, they appear to have many convenient payment options available to international travellers, including a dedicated app!

Jerks.


Mrs. hf4 picked up a similar ticket outside Lille when we were visiting Vimy Ridge (less than 5 km over the limit). Pay it. They'll go after the car rental company, who'll ding you with an administrative charge (close to 100 euro) in addition to the 45 euro ticket.

Glad to hear you liked Lou Pistou - It been ages since I've been in Nice.
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Post #40 by AD » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:42 pm

I just received a ticket from Washington DC because of a damned 10miles an hour extra I did there a few weeks ago.

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