We are traveling to France the last week in Sept. and first week in Oct. arriving in Paris for a total of 2 full weeks. We are spending 6 nights in Paris and are tentative plans as of now are taking the train to Lyon and spending 1- 2 nights there. Then we were going to rent a car in Lyon and visit Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and on to the Cote D' Azur. I am trying to estimate now how much time I need and what towns would interest us in Provence. We are not huge museum fans. We love to stroll the towns, looking at beautiful architecture, scenery, good food, shopping, various markets and wineries..especially ice wines! In saying that would it be wise to spend 1-2 nights in Aix-en-Provence as well and then onto Nice for the remainder of our stay? Also we would need an automatic car. I have looked on Europcar, Autoeurope.com and Kemwel.com so far, all quite costly. Any other suggestions for car rentals and mid range hotels in Lyon and Aix-en-Provence would be quite helpful. Thanks!