We had an amazing vacation in France. Thanks for all your recommendations, they were very useful and helped us plan a wonderful trip.
The French people were very helpful and friendly and the sights really worth seeing.
Paris is a beautiful and very walkable city. The metro is also very easy to navigate and there is so much to see. We bought the museum pass which, while it did not cover everything, covered enough to make it worthwhile.
The train to Avignon was fast and easy and our rental car was waiting when we arrived. For Provence and the Cannes area I felt it was very important to have a car as we got to see and do so much that we would not have been able to do without it. However, whoever is driving must feel comfortable driving a stick on very narrow and windy roads. I am sure any European drivers are fine but Americans should be made aware of this before renting a car. Parking can be difficult but we managed relatively well even though we had a 9 seater van!
Provence is very beautiful. We loved the Glanum Archeological site, as well as the Ocre mountains, Beaux De Provence and the Carrieres de Lumieres with the art work projected on them. We had never seen anything quite like that. We would highly recommend the hotel/Villa we stayed in. The place was beautiful and the staff professional and friendly. The monastery with the lavender fields would have been better in late June early July when the lavender is in bloom but the town nearby was worth a visit.
We visited Cassis on the way to Cannes and loved the town, and Les Calanques are really worth a visit.
Cannes is very lively and full of life but nothing much to see, however, it made a great base. St. Paul De Vance, Monaco and Gourdon we absolutely loved.
I think that covers everything. It was really a vacation we will be talking about for a long time.