|Pont de Normandie over the Seine River near Honfleur, the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world when it was built in 1995.|
|Know what cities are in the vicinity of your destination and you'll find the road signs helpful.|
Map out your route beforehand or use GPS (global positioning system). GPS can be expensive in European rental cars--if you can even find it (Remember that your American GPS system will not work in Europe since it's not loaded with European maps.). Our rental car did not come equipped and was not even available to rent at any price. We had no choice but to rely on mapping websites and David.
Of course, relying on David was a good idea. He did an extraordinary job guiding us on toll roads from town to town, leading us through labyrinthian one-way streets in villages, and finding all of the sites on our list. I didn't mind doing most of the driving because it was effortless with David doing the navigating.
|The euro sign on the bill and coins let you know there is a person in this lane to accept cash.|
|The word, "aire," is your clue to a rest area. Look at the symbols to see what is offered. This one has a gas station, restaurant, and motel.|
And please don't forget to pack a lunch. The French love to picnic and you'll find any number of charming spots, usually with a lovely view, to enjoy that croissant sandwich.
|This luxurious rest area had a river with ducks, walking trails, picnic areas, a fancy store, restaurant and motel.|
It is French law that all cars carry emergency flares and warning triangles. Make sure your rental car has these before driving off the lot.
At most gas stations, there's only one entrance. Drive in, gas up, and then drive to the only exit where you pay an attendant for the gas.
The police use radar. Unless you want a nasty surprise after you get home and find the rental company has billed you for a fine, drive the speed limit.
You may want to make a copy of the road signs from this website.