Where to go after Paris and Strasbourg
June 24, 2012 3:45 AM Subscribe
I need some ideas on where to spend the last leg of our France trip (Details inside)
posted by justlooking to travel & transportation (7 answers total)
So ..we are planning to take a trip in Europe from Sept 8 to 21. The idea is to spend the first 6 days in Paris and then head to Strasbourg/Colmar for Sept 14 to 18. Originally we wanted to take the train back to Brussels from Strasbourg to spend two days in Brussels/Bruges before heading to a hotel near CDG on 20th evening for catching a flight back on 21st morning.
We have a toddler. So we want to keep travel simple and in small bites- if possible. Colmar to Brussels looks to be about 5.5 hours on TGV. The earliest viable direct train from Strasbourg to Brussel is at 2 pm. So we'll lose most of 18th if we try to travel directly. We can also change trains in Paris to get to Brussels by 330 pm or so (the walk from Paris Est to Paris Nord station seem simple enough) and reach a hotel in Brussels by 5 PM at the latest (any other idea for travel from Strasbourg to Brussels will be welcome!). But we are still losing the day travelling .. besides, we are worried that our son will be too tired to walk around with us the next day too...
So ..if we dont do Brussels - where can we go for 2 days within 1-3 hours of Colmar/Strasbourg? Do keep in mind that we are looking to fly back out of CDG on 21st. Lyon and Dijon seem logical and the Burgundy country side looks very pretty. But this will be our first vacation in France and we'll have already spent 5-6 days in Paris ... we are not sure that the best idea is to spend another 2 days in another city near Paris. Places like Annecy or Chamonix seem great, but we'll spend a bunch of time travelling back and forth. Head across the border to Germany or Switzerland?
It is entirely possible that we are now overthinking this. After spending the bulk of yesterday surfing for ideas, I am now a bit lost and slightly depressed. It is time to get some other perspectives!
I would love to have some suggestions and ideas from you on where to spend the last 2 days of this trip (sorry if this was too much unnecessary details; but I wanted to provide you with the context)