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In June/July 2006 we had a 9 day driving holiday in France. We caught a car ferry from Dover to Calais, drove down through Normandy, popped into Brittany and then caught the ferry back to Dover from Boulogne-sur-Mer.
We chose to take our own car over, as the cost of the ferry and petrol was significantly cheaper than flying from London and hiring a car in France. I also feel a lot more comfortable travelling in our own car as opposed to a hire car.
The only negative thing about driving our car in France is that it is a right hand drive car, and French cars are left hand drive, which means that tolls/tickets machines etc are on the wrong side of the car for the driver to operate…luckily I was able to assist in these duties from the passenger seat, but I do feel sorry for the solo traveller in these situations.
Driving in France is great. The roads are good and the sign posting is excellent. You can hoon along on the wide tollways/freeways, or travel along pretty coastal roads, soaking up the atmosphere of the French countryside. Just remember which side of the road you have to drive on if you come over from the UK.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Walking is the only perfect way to explore medieval Rouen and see the main attractions in the citycenter. When you walk through the streets and alleys of Rouen, the right way is often rather easy to find, as the 151 meter high cethadrale tower spear is visible from almost everywhere in town. Focussing on this spear, you at all times know approximately where you are.
Written Dec 13, 2007
Take a drive in a horsedrwan wagon. In summertime, Rouen city tourist center organisaes funny rides by horse drawn wagon through the city center main interesting quarters. Especially for children this is a wonderful way to explore the town. A tourguide tells everything about Rouen during the tour.
Written Dec 13, 2007
Street parking in Rouen is a bit of a nightmare. There is metered parking on all of the narrow streets, and an occasional triangle of metered street parking at the end of blocks...but the places are taken by locals who live in these streets. If you are lucky enough to come across an empty spot there will be someone just ahead of you about to pull into it.
We drove around the streets near to our hotel for ages trying to get a park. Eventually Alex's patience ran out and we headed to a large underground parking area, under the Palais du Justice.
There were signs on the main streets pointing to this parking station. It is a secure multi-level setup and is open 24 hours a day. There are several other parking station in the centre of the city, some also open 24 hours a day.
The Espace du Palais is the largest of these parking areas so is a good bet if you are staying in the area. The longest stretch we were parked there was for about 16 hours, and it cost us about 11 euro.
Updated Jul 31, 2006
It is so easy to walk to see everything in Rouen, as everything is closely linked!!
However, due to the similar looking streets, it may be easy to get lost!! But i think thats the best way to learn where everything is!!
I could walk from the River Seine to L'eglise de Jeanne d'Arc in 20 mins, and they are quite 'far' apart!
Written Jul 22, 2005
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