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Ram from Los Altos asked

1 week in South of france, what are some non touristy things to do?

Plan to spend 1 week driving around the South of France. Been in Nice and Cannes several times and done all the touristy things including Monaco. Any suggestions for a driving holiday including some ideas for non touristy places to stay?

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Paul from Dublin

The Gorges du Verdon is a must-see in the south of France. Often called the European Grand Canyon there is a beautiful drive around the rim of the gorge. 

If you want to stay in the area then I highly recommend the Bastide de Moustiers. The food here is amazing and the town of Moustier is also a beautiful little town. 


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Bernardita from Santiago

You can visit Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a beautiful medieval fortified village perched on a narrow spur between two deep valleys. Its location gives you a great view of the village from the La Colle road to the east or the Cagnes-Vence road to the west. You can also visit Tourrettes-sur-Loup, is small and picturesque like St. Paul, but with far fewer tourists, and the artisanal shops there are run by the artists themselves. Another charming little village is Gourdon. The village itself is inevitably very attractive, beautifully restored, and with medieval streets lined with beautiful old houses, artisan shops selling perfumes and crafts etc. But be aware that Gourdon is a very small village, little more than one short 'main street' and a couple of side-streets, and it is also a 'main stopping point' for a large number of the coaches that tour the region. 


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Jacqui from London

Hi Ram,

Lyon - it is a great city but with a small town feel and lovely French people! You can get amazing food, there are not too many tourists, and there are some great towns for day trips or wine tasting nearby. It is a brilliant location to immerse yourself into the French lifestyle without feeling like a tourist - and it is only 2 hours from Paris on the train. 

Check out more in my helpful guide on where to go and where to eat here: http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/lyon-2/

Enjoy! 

Jacqui


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