III. PERIOD OF TOUR.
banks, are the most convenient form for the transport of large sums;
and their value, if lost or stolen, is recoverable.
The traveller should always be provided with small change
(petite monnaie), as otherwise he may be put to inconvenience in
giving gratuities, purchasing catalogues, etc.
Expenses. The expense of a tour in Southern France dépends
of course on a great variety of circumstances ; but it may be stated
generally that travelling in France is not more expensive than in
most other countries of Europe. The pedestrian of moderate require-
ments, who is tolerably proficient in the language and avoids the
beaten track as much as possible, may limit his expenditure to
12-15 fr. per diem, while those who prefer driving to walking, choose
the dearest hôtels, and employ the services of guides and commis¬
sionnaires must be prepared to spend at least 20-30 fr. daily. Two
or three gentlemen travelling together will be able to journey more
economically than a single tourist, but the présence of ladies gener¬
ally adds considerably to the expenses of the party.
III. Period and Plan of Tour.
Season. Most of the districts described in this Handbook may
be visited at any part of the year; though the plains between
Auvergne and the Pyrénées, and the other more southerly régions
are apt to be disagreeably hot in the height of summer. On the other
hand, excursions among the mountains, the Pyrénées especially, are
scarcely possible exeept in summer.
Plan. The traveller is strongly recommended to sketch out a
plan of his tour in advance, as this, even though not rigidly adhered
to, will be found of the greatest use in aiding him to regulate his
movements, to économise his time, and to guard against overlooking
any place of interest. The districts of which the présent Handbook
treats are not only richly gifted with natural beauties, they abound
also in architectural monuments of great importance, both ancient
and modem, and contain numerous points of artistic and historié
The spécial bent of the traveller must be the chief agent in de-
termining the plan of tour to be selected, but the following short
itineraries may at least give an idea of the time required for a visit
to the most attractive points. The tourist starting from London will
find no difflculty in adapting the arrangement to his requirements
by beginning at the places most easily reached from England. An
early start is supposed to be made each morning, but no night-trav-
elling is assumed. The various tours given below are arranged so
that they may be combined into one comprehensive tour of two months
(comp. Maps). The names of the places most worth visiting are
painted in italics. The tourist should carefully consult the rail-
way time-tables in order to guard against détention at uninteresting