Subject: France
Frieda, of course, offers inspired choices of areas. I enjoy the Dordogne anytime of year, but your September dates make me think of how wonderful the vineyards are then: just before, during, or after harvest. Alot of intensive work going on, of course, but a festive air as the results of a year of growth become known. Either the wine route south of Strasbourg, the vineyards of Provence (where the markets Frieda mentioned would offer memorable shopping experiences for your Mom), or the picturesque villages of Beaujolais, just north of Lyon, recommended in a previous answer to your query, would be superb fall destinations. Anne in VA