I recently retired and having planned many trips over the years for friends and family, I decided to start a website to continue that planning for others. I plan trips and recommend transportation, hotels and apartments, restaurants, entertainment and things to see and do. I have traveled to Paris and throughout France and Italy numerous times since 1989 and lived and visited all through California my entire life.
I would add Villefranche-sur-Mer as a base to see the towns and cities between Antibes and Menton. It sits on a magnificent bay and waterfront, and the Welcome Hotel is a great small hotel... See More
I think Christopher hit it on the head. The area around Shakespeare and Company is more central and closer to the major tourist attractions, but it has something of a party feel, especially as you get over to the Place Saint-Michel ... See More
Lisa, I-5 is definitely the fastest way from Anaheim(between 6.5 and 7.5 hours of driving time depending the time of day you leave and how fast you want to drive), but there is nothing of interest along the way and it is a very boring drive unless... See More
All four cities are great for your interests. You will have to fly from one to the other because the connections are not good on trains, even between Lisbon and Madrid. Your budget of $3500 excluding flights and hotels is very... See More