Subject: Re: France itinterary
Hi Nancy --

I think you could manage your itinerary in two weeks, but it would require a lot of driving, especially when you cross the country to get from Burgundy to the Loire Valley. (I certainly wouldn't waste my time in Clermont-Ferrand, which is mainly a manufacturing city -- Michelin tires are made there. Perhaps you were just planning to pass through on your way to the Loire?)

My suggestions:

You might want to do the Loire Valley, Normandy and/or Brittany -- plenty of chateaux, little villages, farms (where you can often buy local produce, cider, wines and the like), and this is a very pretty part of the country. Another Ziner recommended Mont St. Michel and I would second that; by late October the crowds should have thinned out. The Normandy beaches (D-Day) are well worth a visit. And you can stop in Chartres as you've proposed.

Or go east to Burgundy as you've planned, but continue east to Alsace and the area along the German border and the Rhine, including Strasbourg.

Either trip could be done in two weeks, and there's plenty of scenery and small towns to enjoy.

And what about Paris? You really owe it to yourself to spend at least a couple of days here. It's magnifique! (No, I don't work for the Paris tourist office!)

Hope this helps.

Bons voyages!

Evan in Paris