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liddylou

Driving in France.

by liddylou »

Has anyone driven from Menton to St-Remy in France?  Any suggestions or should we hire a driver.?  Many thanks. 

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Road Crazy

RE: Driving in France.

by Road Crazy »

While I have not driven the exact route you are interested in, I have done a fair amount of driving in France, and I do not find driving in Europe particularly different from driving in the US.  The autoroute is like the interstate at home with tolls, and smaller roads are well maintained and marked.  Are you familiar with roundabouts?  If not, they aren't difficult - you enter to the right, yielding to traffic coming from the left, and drive around the circle until you see the sign for the road you want.  That's about as tricky as it gets.  If you are at all concerned about navigating, GPS will take the worry away.  If you are a confident driver at home, you will be fine in France.  No need to hire a driver.  (Plus, presumably you will want a car for exploring once at St-Remy - or are you thinking of a day-trip?)

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liddylou

RE: Driving in France.

by liddylou »

Thank you so much for taking the time.  We want to spend 2 days in that area.  Do you have any suggestions on accomodations or attractions?  You are a jewel.

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Road Crazy

RE: Driving in France.

by Road Crazy »

Two days is painfully short for an area so rich in attractive sights.  If you'll have a car, I would spend one day exploring the Luberon villages: Gordes, Roussillon, Oppede-le-Vieux (my favorite, not to be confused with Oppede les Poulivets), Lourmarin, and anywhere around there - lots of lesser known villages that are really charming too.  And I would make a point to see Les Baux, which is quite close to St-Remy.  It's a cute if touristy village in an intriguing landscape, topped by a ruined fortress complex with two castles, with stunning territorial views.  A half day is plenty, but I wouldn't miss it.

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