Next year, I turn 40 and my husband and I will have our 10th wedding anniversary. I want to spend 7 days eating in Paris; he wants to spend 7 days eating in San Sebastian. We have agreed to compromise and spend 4 days in each city and 3-4 days driving from Paris to San Sebastian. Sometime in the late fall. This board has plenty of wonderful suggestions on places to eat in Paris, so I won't waste your time (yet!) on Paris suggestions; I'm leaving it to my husband to research places to eat in San Sebastian.
Even though it's about 9 months away, I've began dreaming about the best route to take between the two cities. I assume renting a car is best, though we are open to a train. My ideal itinerary would be one with just several hours of driving each day, one or two fabulous meals at each place we stay or drive through, a wonderful and comfy hotel/country inn/farm/cottage (upscale or downscale does not matter) to sleep in each night, and a somewhat scenic drive between stops though I know there will be plenty of highway driving.
What would you do? Go from Paris through to Bordeaux and then to the Spanish border? Go from Paris through Burgandy and then to Lyon, and cut across France to the border? What establishments would you eat? My planning is in the very nascent stage right now. I am open to any and all suggestions, ideally with the parameters mentioned above.
Outside of Paris, I've only been to Nice and St. Tropez, and that was almost 20 years ago when I was far more interested in trashy night clubs than food. Thanks for your brainstorms!