Summer in Provence?
November 29, 2006 3:39 PM Subscribe
Any personal experiences with or advice regarding gites/vacation villages in France?
posted by katemonster to travel & transportation (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My friend and I will, we hope, be traveling to France for his bar trip next August. (Hi Pak!) We'll probably want to spend most of our time in or near Paris, but I'd like to see some of the rest of the country if possible. I'm especially intrigued by gites and vacation villages -- both for the slow-travel aspect and also for the money-saving, as neither of us will have much money to spare.
A few complicating factors -- I have very poor heat tolerance, so I need to stay in places that have air conditioning or that don't get too hot in August. He doesn't much like the beach, but I would like to enjoy the French coast, so if anybody has advice about where we could be near beaches and other, less sandy pastimes, that would be much appreciated. Finally, neither of us really like people that much. I mean, speaking only for myself, I enjoy meeting locals, but I hate crowds and too many tourists. I'm leery (or wary...but not weary) of B&Bs because I'm not sure I want that kind of every-day contact with strangers whose language I don't really speak. I've checked the official gites de France website and the self-catereds look like a level of contact I'd be comfortable with, but I'd like to hear some actual experiences, if anyone's got 'em.