Having just arrived back from France, here are a few recommendations for hotels and places to visit.
First stop Tours, a lovely city and an excellent place to stay if you want to visit the chateaux de la Loire. We went to Chenonceau a stunning place. Don't bother with the excursions, the train from Tours station to Chenonceau only takes 20 minutes and stops directly outside the castle itself. Try to take a walk into the village itself, as it's very pretty.
The Hotel Best Western was excellent value and very central.
Next stop Orleans, a pretty town, with a very impressive cathedral. This hotel, although not particularly central, was cheap and comfortable.
Finally Paris, and what a choice of things to see. We opted for the batobus, allowing us to hop on and off the boat as and when we pleased, choosing to do so at Notre Dame and the Champs Elysees, which I always enjoy. I love the atmosphere there. We stayed here out at Neuilly, which is a 15 minute walk from the Arc de Tromphe, Metro line number 1.