To my HTF Brethren, particularly regular travelers to France, and of course our native French members: I will be visiting Paris and the South of France for the first time ever (it will actually be my first time in Europe) in September. Our tentative dates of travel are from Sept. 12-20, 2006. My best friend is having her wedding ceremony in Arpaillargues on the weekend of Sept. 16-17. They have rented out a chateau for it, and I will have a room there for that night. However that night (and the weekend) are the only 2 days spoken for, for the entire trip. The rest of the time is free time for me and my girlfriend. Most likely (I haven’t booked it yet) we will be flying in on the 13th (leaving LA the 12th) at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. My initial thoughts were to stay in Paris the 13th – 15th before taking the bullet train down to Avignon on the 16th and renting a car to Arpaillargues for the weekend. Now after the weekend, we will have Sunday night through Wednesday before we have to fly out from Paris. Here are my questions: 1. Should I stay in the South of France for the rest of the post wedding stay? I hear the beaches, towns and scenery are beautiful and the prices of accommodations are cheaper than Paris. Or should I take the train back to Paris as soon as wedding stuff is done? 2. If I stay in the South of France, are there any recommendations of places to see, things to do, etc.? 3. While in Paris, does anyone have places they would recommend staying at? I’d ideally like to be “near the action” (touristy stuff) in a nice hotel while not paying through the nose. I’d like to keep it around 100 Euros ($130) a night for the room if that’s do-able. We’re not high-rollers, but I don’t want to stay in a “Eurotrip” style dump 4. Does any of my current itinerary bring up any red flags like "oh my god I can't believe he thinks he can do that!" Since it’s my first trip to France, any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!