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What's the prettiest region to spend 5 days with great food

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Hobart, Australia
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What's the prettiest region to spend 5 days with great food

Looking for a suggested region for 2 couples, all foodies (and of course drinkers!) to spend 5 days. One couple want to do Champagne but have heard there is better on offer. Want to find self catering apartment so we can hunter gatherer. None of us need night time entertainment. Look forward to hearing from you, Dean

Sydney, Australia
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1. Re: What's the prettiest region to spend 5 days with great food

Honestly, just stick a pin into a map of France!

I think that Provence is more scenic than the Champagne area, but doubtless others will disagree.

But there are many contenders: the spectacular scenery of the west and north Brittany coasts; the prehistoric monuments near Carnac; the mountains and lakes near Besançon or Annecy; the châteaux of the Loire Valley; the Grand Canyon of Verdon near Moustiers-Ste-Marie; and so on.....

NE Victoria...
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2. Re: What's the prettiest region to spend 5 days with great food

I'd say Burgundy. Lovely scenery, plenty of things to do, splendid wine and food. You could base yourself somewhere around Beaune perhaps.

http://beaune-burgundy.com/

Some nice looking places to stay here:

sawdays.co.uk/self-catering/content/search…

Are you hiring a car?

the big blue marble
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3. Re: What's the prettiest region to spend 5 days with great food

For me, its the Basque region. Hands down.You've got mountains, and the coast with some of the best food in the country.

Much closer would be the area of Mont St Michel, on the border of Normandy and Brittany. The seafood options are great, but some of the richest cheeses come from there, as well as lamb that we call pre-salted (the grasses they eat have a high salt content from the sea - succulent).

Chicago, Illinois
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4. Re: What's the prettiest region to spend 5 days with great food

a vote for the Dordogne, but I don't think 5 days is enough -- and most areas in the countryside do weekly rentals Sat to Sat -- but the food of the Dordogne is great -- we have had our best meals in France in small country inn restaurants in this region

Strasbourg is also a decent choice if you like Alsatian food

and Burgundy is our favorite for the scenery

Barnstaple, United...
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5. Re: What's the prettiest region to spend 5 days with great food

The north Breton coast (particularly around the Cap Frehel), Provence or the mountains above Nice (especially Tourrettes-sur-Loup) for me :-)

Metro Vancouver
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6. Re: What's the prettiest region to spend 5 days with great food

Even a person that has spent months in each one of the many regions of France could NOT answer that question...the variety of food stuff and landscapes is overwhelming!

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7. Re: What's the prettiest region to spend 5 days with great food

Here's another vote for Provence. We have explored most of the major wine regions of France, but have been spending a month in Provence, every year since '95, because of the beauty of the region, the incredible food and the wonderful historical sites.

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8. Re: What's the prettiest region to spend 5 days with great food

If you just have 5 days and you're starting from Paris, then Burgundy is probably the best area to consider, simply because it doesn't involve so much journey time. The food is excellent - Charolais cattle, poulets de Bresse, moutarde de Dijon, escargots, and then the wine ...

The countryside is not spectacular, but it's very attractive (IMHO, anyway!) and of course there are vineyards. There is also an odd area of Champagne appellation a couple of hours drive north of Dijon which might interest your friends:

www.aube-champagne.com/en/champagne.html

Paris, France
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9. Re: What's the prettiest region to spend 5 days with great food

For a limited time, I think that Burgundy or Alsace would be perfect since they are really not far from Paris (2.5 - 3 hours) and are very good regions for good food experience and nice architecture. Alsace is more 'rich' in landscapes as it includes the Vosges ranges (up to 1400 m altitude), plus the Rhine River, vineyards and beautiful villages and towns. Food and wine are different to Burgundy, but really worth to be discovered. It's also possible to do short trips to the neighbouring Black Forest (Germany), which is also very interesting for food, landscapes and great scenery.

In any case, one or the other... or almost any other area of France couldn't be a bad choice ! But don't forget to have a specific guidebook - in any region, without a guidebook you could miss several interesting sites.

Sydney, Australia
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10. Re: What's the prettiest region to spend 5 days with great food

Almost all of France is lovely and you can find stunning markets and excellent food in most places.

I would put in a vote for the Dordogne which has forests and mountains and caves and castles and rich food of the duck, foie gras type. Think red wines and rich soils, an autumn feel.

Or Provence which is lighter and more summery in feel, gorgeous fields, Cotes de Provence rose, some Roman remains, beautiful sunny hilltop villages, more seafood, salads etc. A lighter touch to the cooking.

A car is a good idea so you can explore easily.