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Driving from France to Turkey... and back!

FRANCE | Monday, 24 May 2010 | Views [178]

Today was exciting because we got to pick up our car (a brand new Citeron Picasso – ugly little thing but with everything we could possibly need). It has integrated GPS, rear parking assist and even tucks in the mirrors for those tight European parking spaces – we love it. It is also very cheap to run (we chose a Manual Diesel for this reason) and will comfortably take us on our (approx) 6000km round journey.

It took awhile to get the paperwork sorted but we were on the road by about 9.30am. Apparently driving on the right is like riding a bike – you don’t forget (and we got plenty of practice in Canada) so we were very comfortable on the mean Paris streets. That said, it took some time to figure out the GPS (it is built into the car) so we circled the airport a few times before we got it right! Then it was off on the road to Luxemburg.

Northern France is so beautiful and we grinned like silly kids the whole day pointing out cute little towns and wanting to stop absolutely everywhere. We did stop for Lunch in Reims (well icecream anyway!) and checked out the Cathedral Notre Dame – stunning. We also grabbed some supplies and food so we can self-cater as much as possible (quicker, cheaper and infinitely more convenient). We also stopped by in Champagne (not overly impressed – but I have been to Margaret River!) and then spent a few hours in Verdun which is picturesque, fascinating and full of history.


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