How amazing is Paris? The baguettes, the cheap wine, the stunning parks, the symmetry, the Eiffel Tower, the pastries - I could go on, but you get me. It's all very French, isn't it? I'm sampling gay Paree until Friday, before heading to Sitges in Spain on Monday. But wait, I hear you ask, all the red wine has fuddled your brain, are you not missing some days? Yes, perceptive reader, I am. And that is where you come in.
If only I could read ahead in the "choose your own adventure" of my life, the possibilities that lie before me would unfurl. Unfortunately it's more difficult to cheat at one's existence than it is to read every book ending and choose the best. So I'm hoping you've visited some of my potential destinations, and can substitute my lack of psychic ability with suggestions on where to go next.
Here's what I'm looking for: somewhere south of Paris that's doable in two days where I can drink wine, soak up some history and look at pretty gardens and architecture. If there's a chance to get down with nature, I'll take it. I'm reliant on public transport so it has to be fairly easy to get around.
Have you noticed that guidebooks don't help? They make everywhere sound equally amazing. For instance, here are the Lonely Planet descriptions of three of the places I could visit:
Loire Valley:..."the countryside is littered with some of the most extravagant architecture outside Versaille."
Burgundy and the Rhone Valley: "Two of the country's enduring passions - food and wine - come together in this gorgeously rural region, and if you're a sucker for hearty food and the fruits of the vine [I am], you'll be in seventh heaven."
Dordogne and Quercy: ..."combine history, culture and culinary sophistication in one unforgettably scenic package."
See what I mean? Then there's Champagne and Bordeaux, oh where oh where shall I go?
What are your favourite French places? Sell them to me, I'll decide where to go based on the comments and tell you about it on Monday. If your destination gets chosen you'll win ... the satisfaction of being the best convincer.
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