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Hi, We are 2 woman traveling in Mid September. We wish to visit Paris and Barcelona. I would like to see the Normandy area and Mont St. Michel as well as the Dordogne area and possibly Provence.We will fly into either Paris or Barcelona and depart from the other city. We are not afraid to drive, How many days would we need to cover that much ground? Is it a realistic itinerary?
Thank you.

Hi . . . Bridget from Texas!

Appreciate your questions.  Sorry for my delay in responding.  Been busy with that "old-fashioned" thing called work.  YES, both Paris and Barcelona are super wonderful.  Lots of great options there and between these two world-class cities.  

BUT, to do Normandy, the Dordogne and Provence covers lots of territory and roadways.  So much driving to try to do ALL of those different locations.  Plus, getting north of Barcelona, etc., etc.  Driving in and out of these large, congested cities, etc.

TELL ME MORE!!??  Your goal is great, but it might be a little too ambitious.  Serious questions for how "realistic" doing this much driving would be.  What could look good or OK on paper, might not be that much in real life with that much driving.    

It would help me to know much more about you and your travel partner.  What have been your past France and Europe travels?  How flexible and large is your budget?  With more money, you can make some of those "logistics" easier and quicker.  What are your specifics likes, desires and goals in visiting all of these varied areas?  How much are you interested in history?  Countrysides vs. cities?  Museums, food, wine, art, music, shopping, architecture, culture, etc.?  How much of it in a leisurely style versus fast-paced?  Then, with more detailed and specific information from you, I can make better, more specific suggestions on what best fits your needs and interests.

Too much "windshield time" in France can get boring and cause you to miss the really great parts of these areas.  The superhighways are faster, but not as scenic.  The more charming roads are better, but so much slower.  Trade-offs??!!

Reactions to these various questions????  Understand why I am asking?  Look forward to hearing back from you with more details and specifics.

What are your needs for added information?  Be happy to provide additional info and answer other questions after learning more from you.   ENJOY!  Merci Beaucoup!

Thanks.  Terry Casey in Columbus, Ohio


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Most experienced for Paris, Loire Valley, Provence, Dordogne, Alsace, Burgundy, Normandy and Reims/Champagne Country. Terry likes helping travelers get trip "flow and pacing" right so your adventure is neither . . . a bore, NOR a blur! Make sure your timing works, fitting your interests, tastes, personal experiences and needs. Terry has planned and done great trips to the Baltics, Russia, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Ireland, England, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Norway, Turkey and Switzerland, plus South America and Cuba. Did wonderful April, 2007, week in Paris, summer 2008 southern England trip, summer 2010 fjords/North Cape, Norway coast, etc. Has visited twenty=two different countries in Europe. You can check out our Norway coast/fjords adventure with lots of great pictures from last summer at: This live/blog has gotten nearly 52,000 views. For Villefranche, ports in Italy and along the the Croatian coast, you can check this live/blog. We are now at 42,762 views here. France is great, but these other parts of the Europe are wonderful, too!!!


There is much post 9-11-2001 worry about travel to Europe, but all reports and experiences say things are fine, with proper care and planning. From wide travels in many parts of Europe in 2005- 2008, my personal experiences are that things are good there and reasonably behaving Americans are treated well. See, enjoy the world and experience its great diversity! I have visited 20 countries in Europe and know that there's lots there to see and do. PROVIDE KEY BACKGROUND INFORMATION with QUESTION: To help me answer your questions better, please provide some info on your past France/Europe travel experiences, ages, general budget range, personal travel style/interests, number in your party, what you most want to enjoy and see, etc.

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