We are 4 women (age 50+) traveling to Paris at the end of January, but would like to spend a few days away from Paris. For some of us it is our first trip to Paris. What would you suggest? North (Normandy) or south (Loire Valley, is Provence too far)? We want to stay away from ski towns, and we need to be able to travel easily by train. We don't need to be occupied every minute but would like a combination of something to do and just experiencing the countryside. Any suggestions?