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other towns / villages (anywhere in France) like L'Isle?

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other towns / villages (anywhere in France) like L'Isle?

We were blown away by L'Isle last year - the walk-ability of the town, the sheer beauty and the various restaurants - but we rarely go back to the same place twice.

Can anyone recommend a simiilar town or large village? It can be anywhere in France, though ideally lower than Paris for the June weather.

Thanks!

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1. Re: other towns / villages (anywhere in France) like L'Isle?

1. Get a large map of France.

2. Pin it on your wall.

3. Throw a dart at it.

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2. Re: other towns / villages (anywhere in France) like L'Isle?

If you can't make a useful comment then please don't comment at all.

We have visited many other villages and found none quite as nice as L'Isle, so this was a genuine question.

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3. Re: other towns / villages (anywhere in France) like L'Isle?

It was a genuine response. There are so many places worth visiting that this is a valid method of selecting them.

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4. Re: other towns / villages (anywhere in France) like L'Isle?

Apart from Nick's method some aerial views that might help you decide...

fotopedia.com/magazine/stories/_hvFwP3dLK8/T…

Ed

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6. Re: other towns / villages (anywhere in France) like L'Isle?

Diz and Ed, thank you - Annecy in particular looks great, and Bayonne appeals for the Basque cuisine. We're happy with 'touristy' as France is new to us and my French is still rusty. Thanks again,

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7. Re: other towns / villages (anywhere in France) like L'Isle?

I'll throw in a second vote for Sarlat...if you like L'Isle, I'll be very surprised if you don't like Sarlat.

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8. Re: other towns / villages (anywhere in France) like L'Isle?

I agree that those with useless comments should just not respond.

And while I love France, to say all parts of it are similar to a particular town, or even nice is incorrect and unhelpful.

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9. Re: other towns / villages (anywhere in France) like L'Isle?

L'Isle-sur-le-Sogue impressed us as well. Three other towns come to mind: Chateauneuf-en-Auxois, north of Dijon, where during the 14th to the 17th centuries, wealthy merchants built houses on a hillside above the Burgundy Canal, Cassis,near Marseilles with its waterfront dining, and Saignon, a hilltop village west of Avignon in lavender country..

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10. Re: other towns / villages (anywhere in France) like L'Isle?

I will join in the recommends for Sarlat. It is a beautiful town with a very charming old center; beautiful architecture; great markets on Saturday (busier) and Wednesday (less so), a couple of very good restaurants, cafes to have a pre-dinner drink in. The Dordogne in general could easily rival Provence, IMO.

But, if you wanted to return to Provence.. I really liked Bedoin. I cannot say that it is quite as pretty as L'Isle, but it is extremely functional; definitely walkable; not too big - not too small; several delis, bakeries, cafes, restaurants; great Monday morning market; very well positioned to exploring.

Personally, I am too neurotic for darting. ;)

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