My birthday's coming up this summer, and it seems a good excuse for some culinary adventure: thinking a lazily-paced journey through France, stopping off in towns which hold the best food markets/fairs, and sampling the best of what the country has to offer.
Can anyone lend any insight / stories / suggestions?
Not so interested in high-end restaurants: this is more about ground-level eating. However, I'm game for throwing in a few gastronomic curiosities for those with ideas. (e.g. a town with particular food/flavour affinities, or a wine spot of note).