I was trying to plan a trip to France last year and received some great advice in http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/987328. However, I wasn't able to make it then.
I am planning on trying this again but the logistics have changed a little (which is why I decided to start a new thread). Taking that into consideration, I would really appreciate if I could get some help in figuring out where should we go.
1. It's a group of 3 people (last time, it was only me) and we'll be there the 1st week of May
2. We're in France only for 7 days (discounting the days we fly in and fly back)
3. We would prefer not to but if required, we can rent a car for short drives
4. None of us speak French and we all love food :)
I would definitely like to go to Paris. The last time, the options that had come up included Lyon, Nice, Dijon, Avignon, Bordeaux, St Jean de Luz, Arles, etc. However, this was when I thought I had 4 days to spend outside Paris.
Given that we'll be there only for 7 days, we would like to spend 5 days in Paris and 2 days in some other town. The priorities are:
1. Great food that may not be the best/easily available in Paris.
2. A relatively smaller town. One of my friends wants to spend some time in the French countryside so a day trip that would facilitate that would be great.
I have been reading up on the recommendations that were given the last time and it seems like Nice is a little too far for just 2 days. The other places that really caught my eye were Dijon (good food, day trips for wine, not a very big city, etc.) & Bordeaux (similar reasons).
Any suggestions on which one to pick between the two (or a different place)? Thank you!