Side Trips from Paris - looking for ideas

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  1. Sweet Willie
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    Mrs Willie & I will be attending this year's French Open Roland Garros in Paris this coming late May.

    We have been to Paris before and after the 5 days in Paris, we are looking for a good side trip within France from Paris. We are not interested in visiting other countries during this trip. We have 5 full days for the side trip.

    We've been to Versailles, Normandy & environs (D Day sites, Mont Saint Michel, St Malo, Bayeux Tapestry). Also have visited the French Rivera/Monaco.

    We have not been to Giverny (Monet's house/gardens), nor Lyon or anything to the south central region of France like Provence or Burgundy. Have not been to the Alsace region either.

    So the question becomes, where should we consider a side trip to from Paris?

    We are fine with either taking a train or driving (or combo). All suggestions welcome. Thanks.
     
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    I have always liked the Provence. Lots of historic sites (Nimes, Avignon, Aix-on-Provence, ..), nature (Camargue), and if you drive a bit further towards Spain you can visit Carcassonne and the caves of the Pyrénées with prehistoric cave paintings.

    Also love Alsace. Strasbourg has a wonderful Christmas market. Of course, not in May, but it's a great city to visit any time of the year. Great food and wine (then again, you are going to France, so no surprise there).
     
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    Bordeaux, was a great side trip for us, after Paris.

    We had a Medical Convention in Bordeaux, and took the high speed train out, many Asian wine buyers were on the train, playing cards..

    It is really laid back city, nice Tram system, and easy to just watch the river go by.

    Great food, and wine, really a great place, the wife and I enjoyed the area.
     
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    @HaveMilesWillTravel I'm assuming you rented a car for the areas you visited. I had heard about the Christmas Market in Strasbourg so one reason to save the Alsace region for a Dec visit. Appreciate the wiki links.
     
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    @satman40 Did you rent an auto while in Bordeaux?
     
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    Yes, we had a rental car.
     
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    No, I was totally lost in Paris, but the train ride and everyone was great, even in Paris.

    Best of Luck,
     
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    Thank you for all the input. Bordeaux was staying towards the top of our list but we decided to travel there some other time. So for this trip, we will drive out to Giverny to take in springtime gardens at Monet's home: http://giverny.org/monet/welcome.htm then we'll drive to the Burgundy region.

    This Relais & Chateau property in the Burgundy came highly recommended, so we have a two night reservation w/dinner booked. https://www.relaischateaux.com/us/france/loiseau-cote-d-or-saulieu

    We also have a couple days booked in Beaune, plan to visit Dijon one day & some vineyards.

    Last remaining night might be booked in/near Auxerre.
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    Très bien!
     
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    Annecy is one of the prettiest towns I have ever visited (in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region), went there when I was ski-ing near Chamonix a few years ago
     
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    That area/region looks beautiful to visit on another trip.
     
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    Have a good time that is what it is about...
     
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    Amen!! I can't wait to simply turn off my phone, disconnect, see some great tennis while in Paris, then eat/drink my way into the Burgundy region. We have a few sights planned but most of the countryside trip is all about just taking it all in.
     
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    What hotel in Paris?
     
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    @adamefimoff2 my bad, I should have listed visiting Versailles in original post. Yes I have been to Versailles, thanks for the suggestion.
     
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    Have booked the La Route des Grands Crus - A day trip in Côte de Beaune et Côte de Nuits

    It will be nice to be driven around so I can actually sip & not spit out the tastings!
     
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