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Aveyron and Bouches du Rhone

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Aveyron and Bouches du Rhone

Hello,

We're spending a week in Bouches du Rhone and a week in Aveyron from mid June, and I'd really appreciate some reading advice. The most useful general guide books, as well as travel writing, fiction, history. Any thoughts?

Thank you.

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1. Re: Aveyron and Bouches du Rhone

The green Michelin guide books are usually recommended as the most thorough. I find most guide books give a bit of info but not really in depth and usually only touch on more well known places - good for a start but there is a lot more to find out. We usually stay a week at a time in a rental and once we have decided where, I then google everything in the vicinity - towns, villages, natural features eg rivers, gorges, caves, rocks!!. You get the picture. By the time we go, we have our own guide and have found some wonderful places that will never make it into the guide book.

As for reading, I have a large travel collection but nothing about those two areas. The closest I can offer is a beautiful book [ which sadly I do not own ] called " A Food Lover's Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela" by Dee Nolan. This does have some excerpts about Arles and the Aveyron [ Conques].

The Aveyron is lovely . In 2012 we spent a week in a gite at Marcillac. Here is the trip report I posted on another forum . The Aveyron was week three after the Gers and the Aude if you would like to read what we did.

fodors.com/community/europe/our-own-country-…

Hopefully others will be able to offer more reading ideas. I have read several books about areas we have visited on trips and really enjoy seeing the places.

Good luck

Edited: 9:36 pm, January 25, 2013
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2. Re: Aveyron and Bouches du Rhone

You may find these sites useful

http://www.francethisway.com/

http://www.france-voyage.com/en/

www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/en

http://www.villagesdefrance.fr/

With the last one, let it translate automatically as hitting the union jack takes you to the Plus Beaux website. They do have some villages in common but each has others the other does not.

Best wishes.

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3. Re: Aveyron and Bouches du Rhone

Thanks! That's really helpful, and I look forward to reading your post. We too have spent a week in Aveyron--an ongoing house exchange that began a couple of years ago and has turned into a friendship--such a good way to travel. In Bouches du Rhone we have booked a gite near Uzes, and we'll drive to Aveyron across the Cevennes, staying a night en route near St Privat (setting for Ian McEwan's wonderful novel, Black Dogs).

Thanks again!

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4. Re: Aveyron and Bouches du Rhone

A vastly under utilized resource for travel planning are the tourist office websites. Any town/city/village/region in France that is worth visiting has a tourist office website and there are websites for regions as well as the towns within each region. They'll tell you everything you need to know about what to see and do, local products/wine/gastronomy, history, recreational activities, restaurants, accommodation etc. For any town/region that interests you just google the phrase "office de tourisme (enter your town/region)" and that will bring a website to the top of your research. Many tourist office websites have English language versions. I certainly agree that you need guidebooks but you'll find much more indepth information on the tourist office websites. Here are a few for some of the places you mentio0ned to get you started:

http://www.uzes-tourisme.com/

http://www.tourisme-aveyron.com/

http://ot-cevennes.com/

http://www.cevennes-tourisme.fr/fr/index.aspx

http://www.tourisme-barjac-st-privat.com/

I agree with phiron's advice to google everything in the vicinity of where you are staying. I also recommend having good maps and I find the Michelin maps or atlas of the scale 1:150,000 or 1:200,000 to be invaluable. I like the 1:150,000 maps best as they show stars for the corresponding starred sites in the Michelin Green Guides. You can plan a great vacation just reading the icons on the map. That's usually all the planning I do.

Edited: 10:44 pm, January 25, 2013
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5. Re: Aveyron and Bouches du Rhone

Well, there's always Robert Louis Stevenson!

The Cévennes are incredibly wild and wonderful. One of my best little trips from the Dordogne was a long weekend near St-Privat. Enjoy!

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