hi wayneOriginally Posted by waynecrider
spending a week in one place and using that as your home base is a very good move. france has such a varied and interesting landscape that you won't get bored at all i think a week would be good, more would be better ( i'd love to move there - so i am the wrong person to ask! )
driving is a nice trip down to the southwest where you will be, but (maybe a day's + worth of driving ? - doing the manditory 140km speed limit (75-80 mph ) and you will get to see a whole lot of scenic-stuff on the way down, and have no trouble pulling off of the freeway. the downside is that gas is close to 3 or 4 times what it costs here in the states ... but you will be driving a fuel efficent little car so you will probably be OK ...
hmmm - central france - or centrally located in the bordeaux region ?
this is another site ( from the uk ) that has accomodations/B&B's &C
i wish i could be more help, but we usually to from the doubs region ( from a village between montbeliard < http://www.montbeliard.com/ > + bescancon < http://www.besancon.fr >) to provence ( further east than you will be ). if you are in THAT area ... i can give you a few really good places to visit, inns to stay at &C.