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Report 2109: Spring in Country France

By phirhon from Australia, Spring 2014

Trip Description: 28 March to 8 June 2014 - ten weeks traveling by car in rural France.

Destinations: Countries - France; Regions/Cities - Burgundy, Dordogne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire Valley, Provence

Categories: Vacation Rentals; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 2 People

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Page 1 of 8: Introduction

So here we are again. After our last trip, I did think we may not return for a while, but after a year, there we were again, planning a trip to France. A quick re-cap. We are a late fifties (my husband P who retires shortly) and a 60 year-old moi, Australian couple who love our travels in France. We are slow travellers and not wealthy, so are also on a fairly tight budget.

It is a long flight from Brisbane to Paris but it was lovely to be there again. We did not do much of note other than wander around and enjoy being back there.

We caught the TGV to Avignon on Saturday morning (29th March). This was our first experience of trains in France and we really enjoyed the trip. We booked three months out on the SNCF website and had none of the issues with booking, payment and printing of tickets that seem to plague lots of others. We loved watching the countryside flying by and trying to guess where we were. We had leased a Peugeot 208 through Autoeurope and the rep was waiting for us at the station. She drove us back to the office while explaining to P (who has very limited French) about the car. Fortunately he had done some research and understood what was happening when the motor stopped at the lights. It was quite disconcerting until we got used to it. It proved to be a very reliable and most economical little car. In fact we spent 200 less on fuel for this ten week trip than we did in nine in 2012.

Soon we were on the road after a wrong turn and another circuit of Avignon. After four trips to France, P is fairly comfortable with getting into an unfamiliar car and driving on the opposite side of the road. And yes, it does require some adjustment for the passenger/navigator as well!

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