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A circular tour of France

bjrocky | Feb 28, 200504:14 AM

My wife and I are planning a second honeymoon in France and briefly Italy during October - our first sojurn in 20 years!
Our plans are to hire a car in Paris immediately upon our touchdown from Australia and head to Dinard for 2 days with dear friends. Then we drive down to Biarritz for another 2 days with friends before a cross-country tour to Nice (more friends!). A 2 day trip to perhaps Lake Garda or Lake Como (zero friends) then a sprint back to Beziers where we join friends on a week trip along La Canal du Midi.
Some questions:
1. Sights and food in Normandy (no D Day stuff unless something new has appeared since 1985),
2. Sights and food on the way to, and in, Biarritz (we think we will stay at Hotel Chabrol, Brantome on the way down(Any info?).
3. Marseilles - Chateau D'If?? Tucker??
4. We'd love to stay on one of the Italian lakes for 2 nights in a cosy village with a view of the water - Maggie Smith was in a movie sometime back doing just that. Which hotel, which village??
Chowhounds, any advice would be greatly appreciated as we just love our food. Also please contact me for assistance in Melbourne - I distribute food to the best restaurants here and have a good working knowledge of the restaurant scene.
Sincere thanks for any wise advice.

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