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1. Posted by amenz (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

I'm starting my journey in Nice after heading across from Italy and was wondering what people would suggest to do before making my way to Paris. I have 2 weeks between both places and am interested to find out different places to visit. Thanks!!

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Whilst in Nice, definitely go to a small town nearby called St Paul De Vence.

If possible, I would also go to Lourdes, an amazing place.

Apart from that, check out Lyon, Dijon, and pretty much anywhere else.

3. Posted by jbmr (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y

I agree with James but would like to give a few precisions about Lourdes. I would not recommand you go there unless you go for religious reasons. It will take you a very long time to get to Lourdes from Nice because Nice is at the extreme East and Lourdes is rather on the West of the country with no obvious rail or road connexions between the two cities.
Lourdes is a pilgrimage town with many bad and expensive restaurants and a lot souvenir shops selling blinking Jesus postcards and Virgin Mary shaped bottles.
Appart from the religious aspect there is nothing really attractive about the place. If you go there anyway, the neighbouring Pyrenees mountains are great for trekking and the nearby Basque Country is definitely worth a stop. If you want to go to Lourdes by train you will need to make a change in Toulouse which is also worth a stop.

4. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 10y

As Jb said Lourdes is in the other side of France. You can get a train ticket called PremĀ“s which is 20 euros from Nice to Toulouse.
Then I will go to Biarritz or Bordeaux where you can sample one of the best wine on the planet.
If you prefer go from Nice to Lyon (an amazing city) and then up to reims in the champagne area (more sample over there). Reims is very close to Paris by train only two or three hours.
Chamonix is a beautiful town as well just at the italian border in the Alps. You will be looked after by the Mont Blanc the highest mountain in France.
Trekking to the base camp is a fabulous experience as well.