Our problem is, we can't decide what's our best options afterwards, to spend 7 days before flying back to Canada from Paris.
About us: My wife loves touring the vineyards and tasting, but that's tough with a small child. Both of us love immersing ourselves in new places, trying the food, strolling around, and taking in the scenery. I love history, old architecture, and the character you cant find in North America. Both of us are very nervous about traveling with a 9 month old for 2 weeks, for the first time...
Original Plan: After the wedding, we have 7 nights before staying at airport in Paris and flying out the next AM. We were to drive to Bordeaux and spend 3-4 days in the city while branching out to vineyards before driving back through the Loire Valley, stopping for 2 nights somewhere before heading to Paris. Both of us have been to France but never Bordeaux. Bordeaux shows up as very kid friendly and so did the Loire Valley. That was our thought process.
Problems with original plan: we are now having doubts. I've heard driving in and out of Bordeaux is hard and it makes the trip back to Paris that much further. I've also heard the vineyards are scattered all over which is hard to do with a 9 month old who naps a lot.
Question: Has anyone traveled this area with a small child? Is the driving tedious? Lots of places to stop along the way? I'm use to driving long distances (canada's big) but I'm worried Western France is pretty spread out.
Questions: Do the smaller towns this route have a bit more character than the ones between Bordeaux and Paris? Are the kid friendly? Do more of the people speak english or accommodate
Any info or input would be great!
Also (my wife said to add this) - Do we need to bring our own car seat? She's read that car rentals often don't have them. Are they different in France(rear facing for 9 month old)?