This is to respond to Alex who was looking for suggestions for a 2-week trip in South-West France. French love ride along the banks of the Canal du Midi. Very popular ride in among European. It is very scenic, very picturesque... very french! You can ride the quiet bike path along the banks all the way from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic cost. If you want vineyard, it is one of the best place in France, the Bordeaux region is right there! The whole region near Carcassone - and Carcassone itself - is absolutely gorgeous. Also, I personally like better the beaches near Setes (compare to the Riviera), less expensive, less showing-off, less touristic, and especially less crowded. Beaches are gigantic, sometimes you have to walk quiet a bit for the water to be deep enough to swim. It is very wild, not as scenic as the Riviera but definitely more natural. Don't get me wrong there are also a bunch of resorts down there, but you can also find huge and quiet beaches.