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Report 2092: France from Cold Seas to the Warm Seas

By Anastasia from Canada, Summer 2013

Trip Description: June 18 - July 20 2013, a family trip to France with time spent in Normandy, the Dordogne and Bandol, among other locations.

Destinations: Countries - France; Regions/Cities - Aquitaine, Brittany, Dordogne, Loire Valley, Normandy, Provence

Categories: Camping; Hotels/B&Bs; Vacation Rentals; Beach; Foodie Trip; Garden Visits; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 3-4 people; Adults and Young Children

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Page 1 of 13: Trip Planning Rationale

photo by my husband

Saint Aubin sur mer and Canadian memorials

We have been to France several times now, and still we have places to discover. Being originally from the warm Black Sea, the idea of Normandy and Brittany coast was at first unbearable to me. It is the fact of being at the sea or beach and not being able to swim. Last summer we were watching the weather forecasts from Bandol and it was raining every single day in Normandy in June and July.

The reason we decided to visit these two regions were our son and his love for airplanes. There are numerous historical sites especially in Normandy, which are interesting to visit. Although WW2 sites in Russia and Eastern Europe abound, and I visited quite a bit of them, since we have never been to these regions and the cuisine appealed to me, in addition of a few most beautiful places in the world, we decided to spend a week in this area (a long week on the sea with no swimming). So, I purchased two sets of rain ponchos for this trip.

Then we planned the Dordogne because it has become a favorite of ours, so we included a stay in Carcassonne with a drive by Les Baux-de-Provence and to the Luberon followed by our usual two weeks of real vacation, no driving, but walking and public transport in Bandol.

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