We are going to be in Italy the second week of September based in the Le Marche region. After that week we would like to spend a week in France en route to the UK. We have never explored France before and would like to do it from a foodie perspective but don't know where to start. Neither of us has to see Paris either, at least on this trip. We are toying with the idea of flying somewhere into south eastern France, renting a car and driving around the region, staying in different locations each night and then flying from the same airport to the UK. The only reason we've picked south eastern France is because my husband loves the Alps but we have no idea what sort of food region it is like. Another possibility is to do a one way car rental and meander up to Paris, drop the car, maybe spend a night in Paris and then continue onto the UK. Finally, we could rent a flat somewhere and just enjoy living in one spot for a week going to local markets. We are fairly adventurous with a map and not afraid to try new things. Any suggestions or advice are greatly appreciated. Thanks.