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Report 1839: Brussels and our Family Tour de France: Foie Gras, Lavender and French Riviera

By Anastasia from Canada, Summer 2010

Trip Description: Meeting with family in Brussels and then a Tour de France in reverse direction from Paris to Chenonceau, to Carsac-Aillac in Dordogne, to Roussillon in Provence and Antibes on French Riviera with husband and six year-old son.

Destinations: Countries - France, Belgium; Regions/Cities - Dordogne, Loire Valley, Paris, Provence

Categories: Camping; Hotels/B&Bs; Vacation Rentals; Beach; Foodie Trip; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 3-4 people; Adults and Young Children

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Page 1 of 34: Organizing This Trip

photo by me

Lavender close to Sault

My husband had to meet his cousins in Belgium. Two years ago his niece and a cousin came to Montreal for a visit to a friend and we had invited them for a BBQ in our place. They kept inviting us to Belgium for many years and were supposed to come and stay with us in Montreal but finally didn't manage. We never saw the rest of the family and my husband had plenty of old pictures, so he organized them into an old fashion album which was very nice for each part of the family.

So we had to go, and we decided to stay in France after meeting with them for our annual vacation. I booked a great rate for an open jaw flight to Paris and return from Nice in November. Booking hotels, the trains and the car was easy and I booked everything at discount prices. I also found a campground for one week for us to stay in Dordogne and booked with a credit card.

Since we were visiting France in July, it was important to me to see lavender fields, an old dream, so had to convince my husband to drive and to have one longer transfer between the Dordogne and Provence, which was displayed on the maps as a six hour transfer, but ended up being an eight hour transfer with a stop for lunch and because of some traffic and light rain.

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