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Next fall I will be studying abroad for a semester at the Sorbonne and I’m looking for weekend travel ideas on a student’s budget. I have already been to Amsterdam, Nice, Florence and Venice, so, considering my tight budget, I’d rather spend my money elsewhere. So far, here are some of my plans:

- 2 weeks staying with a family in the Loire valley before my program begins – 3 days Alsace-Lorraine (probably Nancy and Strasbourg) – 3 days Languedoc-Roussillon (probably Carcassonne and Lagrasse) – 3 days London – 3 days Edinburgh – 3 days Vienna – Christmas break: 5 days in Rome and 3-4 days in Prague before heading home.

Any suggestions of interesting places to travel on a budget, in the fall/winter would be much appreciated. In addition, hostel/entertainment recommendations would be great. Nightlife is not a huge priority, I’m mostly looking for unique cultural or historical experiences. Thanks!

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Your plans sound good.
Book ahead for anything involving Christmas in Rome.
We recently spent some time in the Pointe-Charentes region of France.
Angoulême (we took the TGV from Paris) was a laid back, fun place. Its history is of paper mills, it is now associated with the International Comics Festival.
The old town section has comic illustrations around every corner. Juxtaposed with pedestrian cobblestone walkways, it is certainly a unique experience. Angoulême also has a dramatic WWII history. There are museums for both the graphic arts as well as the Resistance.

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Our hotel, the Hotel Martial was on one of the main drags, # 6 Boulevard Pasteur.
It was 51 euro for a double, breakfast included, with a nice view of the Charente River.
(I think you could ask for no breakfast, but really it was pretty good.)

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the hotel you have recommended is really looking so nice and beautiful.
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Angoulême sounds like a great. From what little I read after reading your post, it looks like a beautiful, quirky little city. If I book in advance, I can get there for under 25 euro, and it doesn’t seem like I’ll need a car to get around the city itself. Thanks for the suggestion! Any other ideas?

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Also, do you happen to have the phone number of Hotel Martial? I can’t seem to find a listing for it online. Thanks!

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I tried in vain to find an online listing.
But I saved his card, here is the address/phone number:
Mr. Guilloux
Hotel St. Martial
6 Boulevard Pasteur
16100
Angoulême
Tel: 06 64 38 61 61

I don’t know if this is too far away for you, but we also really enjoyed Nantes.
Along with Rouen, it was definitely a highlight of our France trip.
The gardens and pedestrian areas were beautiful and relaxing, and our host (we couch surfed) took us on the Navibus (ferry) to this interesting artist’s colony-type place called Trentemoult.