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Old 06-21-2014, 07:16 PM
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Trip to Normandy, Paris, Where Else?

My wife and I and another couple will be spending 10 days in France after a 15 day river cruise on the Rhine and in April. We will have a rental car but we want to tour Paris using public transportation. Can anyone recommend a low cost hotel or B&B on the outskirts of Paris that is convenient to public transportation into and out of Paris and also offers free parking? Would prefer a small family owned guest house with a private bath or a decent low cost hotel. Thanks.
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We stayed at the Hotel Armstrong this year and last. We thought it was excellent value for a budget hotel. Did not use parking, which appears to be extra. I highly recommend that you inquire. You are literally a 2 minute walk from the Porte de Montreuil Metro station in the 20ieme Arrondissement. About a 15 min walk to Père Lachaise cemetery (Morrison, Chopin, Wilde, Piaf, Molière, etc.). Some reviews complain about the bathrooms but ours were fine.

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Anyone else? Wife and teenage daughter will be staying for 4-5 days in Paris and looking for low cost but safe hostel or hotel, they will have turned in car at that point so need public transportation easily.
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How about staying in Paris La Défense at the Renaissance, which is quite nice. You can take the light rail into town very easily.
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take a look at booking.com. It gives you a lot of options. I used it quite often when I was not staying with friends in Germany this Sep-Oct. A lot of charming places, none of which look like the brassy Marriotts, Hiltons, or even Holiday Inns, not my style. One place (Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria region, Engen, Germany) was at the top of the hill with a view of the valley, for only 28 euros/night. In France, you can find rooms for you and your family for 50 euros, and they all/should have free wifi.
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I stayed in a Radisson Blu in Boulogne-Billancourt. I don't think the hotel itself fits the requirement for low-cost B&B, but the location is nice and just a couple metro stops outside of city center. I think wherever you book, make sure it's no further than Zone 2 on the metro. Further than that might be inconvenient. Boulogne-Billancourt had lots of cafes and markets to pick up pastries, snacks, drinking water, etc.
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Found a nice, small B&B outside Paris that is only 400m from the rail line with a free parking lot so we are all set for this portion of our trip. After Paris and Normandy(have a nice hotel in Bayeux), we have 5 more days to spend before we have to return to Brussels to return the rental car and fly home. We are using Brussels because this is where we end up after our 16 day River Cruise. I am thinking about the Alsace region and staying a day or so in Colmar. If anyone has any other recommendations please post or send me a PM. Thanks.
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at Normandie Mont-St-Michel may be worth a visit too, though in your case a few extra miles..

if you return from Normandie and drive back to Brussels, would check out Belgian cities BRUGES and GANT

i live very close to these medieval cities, all tourists love them, Bruges is most charming cause it's smaller


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Found a nice, small B&B outside Paris that is only 400m from the rail line with a free parking lot so we are all set for this portion of our trip. After Paris and Normandy(have a nice hotel in Bayeux), we have 5 more days to spend before we have to return to Brussels to return the rental car and fly home. We are using Brussels because this is where we end up after our 16 day River Cruise. I am thinking about the Alsace region and staying a day or so in Colmar. If anyone has any other recommendations please post or send me a PM. Thanks.
My vote would be to tour the chateaux of the Loire Valley. They are beautiful, especially Chenonceau and Chambord.
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at Normandie Mont-St-Michel may be worth a visit too, though in your case a few extra miles..

if you return from Normandie and drive back to Brussels, would check out Belgian cities BRUGES and GANT

i live very close to these medieval cities, all tourists love them, Bruges is most charming cause it's smaller

Thanks. We plan to visit Bruges either right after we pick up our rental car at the Brussels airport or at the end of our trip before we return the rental. Do you have any other suggestions for sites in Belgium, Holland or Luxembourg? Thanks.
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My vote would be to tour the chateaux of the Loire Valley. They are beautiful, especially Chenonceau and Chambord.
Thanks. I'll see if we can work this into our itinerary. Looks lovely.
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Thanks. We plan to visit Bruges either right after we pick up our rental car at the Brussels airport or at the end of our trip before we return the rental. Do you have any other suggestions for sites in Belgium, Holland or Luxembourg? Thanks.
as you're going to Bruges you may wanna visit Damme as well, it is tiny midieval village, and only 5 miles from Bruges, not highly recommended but it's charming and many visit it together with Bruges

would definitely visit Gent, it's a combination of Bruges and a 21st century city

Antwerp is pretty impressive too (though as tourist i would prefer Gent and Bruges even more), the cathedral is definitely worth a visit, it's popular for its fashion too

these 3 Flemish cities all have great restaurants, i suggest you buy Michelin or other touristic books to check all this, go to Amadeus (very cosy rest.) in Gent if you like ribs btw,

you can drive from Brussels to Antwerp, to Gent and then to Bruges in only 2.5 hours if there are no traffic jams (esp. problem in Brussels and Antwerp),

Amsterdam is about 2 hours from Antwerp...

South of Brussels there is Liège and Namur and Luxembourg, they may be worth the visit but imo the other cities i've mentioned are more special, region between Liège, Namur and Luxembourg is called "the Ardennes", it's a bit like Wisconsin, but def. not as impressive, i like it there as it's the closest area to my house where they've got good driving roads!

oh you know about the Nürburgring? most difficult circuit (by far) in the Eifel muntains/forests? it's 2 hours from Liège... in summer it's an event to go and watch even if you don't drive yourself, but if you're going in winter track will be closed probably, unless you're lucky in the weekend

if you're into wine, Champagne region may be worthwhile, Reims is 2.5 hours from Brussels and 1.5 hours from Paris, you could drice around and visit small paysans or well-known Champagne houses and learn how it's produced...

when do you plan on going?
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as you're going to Bruges you may wanna visit Damme as well, it is tiny midieval village, and only 5 miles from Bruges, not highly recommended but it's charming and many visit it together with Bruges

would definitely visit Gent, it's a combination of Bruges and a 21st century city

Antwerp is pretty impressive too (though as tourist i would prefer Gent and Bruges even more), the cathedral is definitely worth a visit, it's popular for its fashion too

these 3 Flemish cities all have great restaurants, i suggest you buy Michelin or other touristic books to check all this, go to Amadeus (very cosy rest.) in Gent if you like ribs btw,

you can drive from Brussels to Antwerp, to Gent and then to Bruges in only 2.5 hours if there are no traffic jams (esp. problem in Brussels and Antwerp),

Amsterdam is about 2 hours from Antwerp...

South of Brussels there is Liège and Namur and Luxembourg, they may be worth the visit but imo the other cities i've mentioned are more special, region between Liège, Namur and Luxembourg is called "the Ardennes", it's a bit like Wisconsin, but def. not as impressive, i like it there as it's the closest area to my house where they've got good driving roads!

oh you know about the Nürburgring? most difficult circuit (by far) in the Eifel muntains/forests? it's 2 hours from Liège... in summer it's an event to go and watch even if you don't drive yourself, but if you're going in winter track will be closed probably, unless you're lucky in the weekend

if you're into wine, Champagne region may be worthwhile, Reims is 2.5 hours from Brussels and 1.5 hours from Paris, you could drice around and visit small paysans or well-known Champagne houses and learn how it's produced...

when do you plan on going?
We finish our river cruise on April 17 and have until April 27 to visit on our own. I have a room booked at Bayeux on the 17 - 19. Found a nice B&B in Coye Le Foret north of Paris. It is close to a train station and has great reviews. After that I am not sure. I had considered the Alsace region but the Loire Valley also sounds very nice. We have to return to Brussels for our flight home on the 27th.
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