(with special advance thanks to mangeur, delucacheesmonger, rrems, ptipois and the other giants of this board who have heavily influenced this list)
We're starting and ending in Lyons with 4 1/2 weeks. After hunting, haunting, etc. here is what I've come up with so far, trying to hit some of the best but leaving time for bistros, discoveries, the markets, etc. this might be a once in a life time trip so not every restaurant down below is a star, but more are...
6/23 Lyons - Daniel et Denise
6/24 Lyons - La Mere Brazier
6/25 Lyons - Le Gourmet de Seze
6/27 Vienne - La Pyramid
6/28 Avignon - D'Europe (leaning to changing this to Les 5 Sens or Hiely-Lucullus) thoughts?
6/29 Avignon - Christian-Etienne
6/31 Arles - L'Atelier de JL Raband
7/2 Nimes - Le Lelisita
7/4 Uzes - Le Tracteur
7/6 Montpellier - Le Jardin des Sens
7/8 Narbonne - La Table St. Crescent
7/9-7/18 winding our way from narbonne through carcassone, toulouse, albi, figeac. need ideas! help!
7/19 Laguiole - Bras
7/21 Clermont Ferrand ...help! which one??
7/22 lunch at Trois Gros (my parents went 40 years ago so this is partly sentimental...please don't tell me it stinks)
7/23 back to NYC where we check into the cardiac unit at Mt. SInai.
I promise to make a long trip report and welcome hearing from those who have blazed this trail before me.