We are planning to fly from the US to Paris, spend a few days there and then (great blank here) eventually wind up in Venice. For the days in between (a week) we want to consider some independent travel. I am just beginning my research, but had a few basic questions as we narrow some of this down.
1) Our children are 13 and 16 and very good travelers. We will not have a problem traveling with carry-on bags only. That does, however, preclude the idea of skiing anywhere -- which is fine. So my question is: Will the charming towns of the French, Swiss or Italian Alps still be under a lot of snow with no hiking posssibilities in mid-april?
2) French, Swiss or Italian Alps?
3) Drive, take a train?
4) Stay in France? Normandy interests my husband but I'm thinking that's a day trip from Paris, not a destination for us.
All advice, suggestions, welcomed!