I can think of no better way to travel while on a vacation in France than to be free of the scheduling and restrictions imposed by public transportation. Whether you’ve elected to be the driver, or are comfortably situated in the passenger seat, a driving tour with a Kemwel car rental is the most versatile way to see France.
With that in mind, one of my favorite journeys to recommend is through the Province of Burgundy, which begins about 300 km (240 miles) southeast of Paris.
Before you begin your journey, however, it will help you to have a quick refresh on the types of road signs in France that you’ll run into.
A car rental is the most versatile way to see France!
Road Signs to Look Out For
Luckily, most road signs throughout the European Union have been standardized with the small exception of different countries using different fonts on signs. So, generally speaking, these tips are more widely applicable than you might think!
Warning signs in France are indicated by a red border and white background with the exception of a yellow background being used for construction zones. The signs are generally triangular in shape, and often contain easy to understand graphics as an indication of what drivers should be alert for (trains, barriers, bumps, crossroads and so on).
“Prohibited” moves are indicated by circular white signs with a red border. These will advise you on where you are not allowed to turn, or forbidden modes of road transport like bicycles or horse carriages.
White text on blue background is an indication you are on a motorway whereas white on green are used for primary roads. Secondary roads post signs of white text on black backgrounds.
The red octagon is almost universally the “Stop” signal, and the same holds true for France.
Learn about road signs in France before you leave with your car rental.
Driving in Burgundy
Now that you have mastered the signage, hit the road in one of France’s most glorious wine and gastronomy areas, Burgundy. Burgundy’s capital city of Dijon contains one of Europe’s most well preserved city centers, with medieval streets full of quaint shops and delightful cafes. Famous for its mustard production, Dijon is also a center for cassis, a special French liquor made from black currants. Famous Burgundy wines can be sampled and shipped from many different outlets in the city.
It’s not a long trip when you head south from Dijon and drive to the town of Beaune, but you’ll want to take your time and pay attention to the road signs in France, as you’ll pass through five main grape/wine areas en route. The scenic road over rolling hills covered with ancient vines will take you by some of France’s most famous vineyards and wine producers, and it is worth a stop at one or more for an education and tastings. The reputation of the vintners, the quality of the grapes, and the fact that vintages are produced in very small batches annually make wines from Burgundy some of the most coveted in the world.
Don’t forget to eat while driving in France, Burgundy is famous for great cheeses, beef burgundy, coq au vin and many other regional specialties. Burgundy’s geographical location is ideal for all manner of Continental cuisines, with opulent meat stews marinated in local wines, accented with local vegetables, legumes and fabulous fungi make every meal a delightful adventure.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the examples of stunning architecture of the chateau’s and castles in the Burgundy region. Make sure you carve out at least a little time to explore the confines and grounds of these exceptional edifices, in between your rounds of vineyard visitations and gastronomic travels.
A castle in Semur en Auxois, in Burgundy.
Choosing Your Car Rental Style
There are a variety of transportation choices for you to select from when planning your driving tour of Burgundy, relative to your budget and needs. If your traveling in France for twenty one days or more, a Peugeot short-term lease will likely be the most affordable option. There are also stylish supercars and luxury vehicles to choose from if a more traditional car category seems to mundane.
With Kemwel’s fast and simple car rental confirmation system you can book online quickly and efficiently. If you have questions at any point during the rental car process, contact he professional staff of Kemwel toll-free at 1-877-820-0668
I hope you enjoy your driving tour of this most unique part of France!
Treat yourself to an extended vacation and discover the remarkable country of Italy as you never imagined from all the glossy-paged guidebooks and magazines—the welcoming congeniality of its people and intriguing culture, with a backdrop of incomparable eye-catching edifices and lush landscapes. In no time at all, you’ll see why Italy deserves more than a seven-day, fast-track perusal and be glad you chose a short-term car rental with Kemwel.
Get ready for a glimpse of what is arguably one of Italy’s most photographed, picturesque driving routes, the Costeria Amalfitana, also known as the “Amalfi Drive.” The Amalfi coastline driving route is located south from Sorrento and is known as one of Europe’s most exceptional scenic drives. It may seem initially to be Italy’s shortest favored road trip, but it is so full of breathtaking scenery and delightful towns, the irresistible temptation of frequent en-route stops will pleasantly prolong your journey. To travel Italy hassle-free, and at your own pace, begin your preparations by selecting the car rental category which is the best suited to your driving needs.
Begin your road trip from Sorrento, joining the Amalfi coastal road. Travel breathtaking and lofty bluffs, along streets lined with homes painted in colorful pastels. Navigate intertwining hillsides and paths that meander down to golden beaches hugged by a sea reminiscent of deep blue jewels. Visit olive and citrus groves, basking in the fragrance of these Mediterranean gardens. You will love the ease of driving in Italy in a factory-new Peugeot along the Amalfi Coast which allows you to explore leisurely and become more casually acquainted with communities you’re touring.
As your road trip continues, explore the dramatic landscape of Positano. The town appears on the horizon with stacked houses seeming to tumble like a cascading waterfall in sun bleached colors of peach, pink and terracotta toward the rich cobalt sea. Positano lives up to its reputation as a picture-perfect destination. Steep streets and wisteria-draped hotels aligning steps with fashionable restaurants, and elegant boutiques vie for attention – attractive options for travelers. A random factoid, from Positano’s long flirtation with fashion, is that it was the first town in Italy that imported bikinis from France.
On your arrival in Amalfi, you’ll glimpse the city’s majestic 9th Century cathedral. Carefully navigate the narrow roadways and be sure to give yourself time to visit the cathedrals interior as well as Amalfi’s abundant shops and coffee houses. Later, move on to dine in Scala, overlooking the old-world town of Ravello and Amalfi’s coast. The manicured gardens of Ravello’s Villa Rufolo are just one of the points of interest worth exploring. In Castellammare, move through cultural exhibits of fascinating architecture and engaging works of art from artists such as Giuseppe Bonito and Nunzio Rossi. Thermal bath spas offer a few moments of relaxation and contemplation of your journey so far – you can find them in the Thermal Centre.
A Costeria Amalfitana road trip is the type of adventure that’s worth repeating, but that will have to wait for another vacation, because Italy offers many exciting road trips in your Peugeot car rental you don’t want to miss! Create your own up close and personal itinerary to explore more of this historic nation with a factory-new Peugeot from Kemwel. The Rome Fiumicino Airport is the most obvious choice for pick up. Contact a Peugeot reservation specialist at 1-877-820-0668 or better yet, use our online Peugeot reservation system!
Our minds are cultivated to invoke images of Paris when the idea of traveling to France is posed. Pausing for photos beneath the Eiffel Tower, strolling hand-in-hand along the Seine, sharing a petal-sculpted cone of gelato and quaffing a delicate French wine while seated at a street-side café. It’s true that Paris is a destination of incomparable history, beauty and culture, but France has many entrancing cities, like Toulouse, just a car ride away.
First Impressions of Toulouse
When we meet someone in person for the first time whether purposefully, or unconsciously, we begin to visually dissect their features according to our views on attractiveness. The same can be said for the first visit that we arrive in a new city. Nestled in the south of France, as you approach the city of Toulouse, outlined on the horizon, your impressions will begin to take shape the closer your car rental comes.
A few of the historic highlights of Toulouse include the UNESCO Heritage sites of the Canal du Midi, and Basilica of St. Sernin. There is a strong medieval presence that can be seen in the formation of buildings throughout the city and you’ll learn quickly why Toulouse earned the moniker of La Ville Rose, the Pink City. Canals and cobblestoned walkways are lined with lush greenery and at any time you could easily find evidence of a festival happening.
Do ancient edifices and modern structures live harmoniously along the city streets, or do they fight for prominence? You’ll have to decide for yourself.
What’s Happening in Toulouse
Toulouse has a vibrant program of events and festivals throughout the year due in part to its central location in the region of the Midi-Pyrenees, but also the entertainment of its prodigious student population. From film screenings and concerts, to art festivals and dance competitions—the available activities cover a variety of age and interest groups establishing entertainment value for your entire party.
Between sessions of Toulouse’s seasonal festivals, discover more of what the city has to offer the casual traveler. The Muséum de Toulouse houses natural history exhibits and is highly recommended for children. Capture their inquisitive nature with specimens from mineralogy to paleontology or burn off some energy in the botanical garden. Adults should visit the stunning Théâtre du Capitole for a classical opera or ballet performance, and walking off a little of your evening meal is always a good idea; take a stroll across the Pont Neuf!
Try a Regional Dish of Toulouse
Cassoulet is a warm and rich French casserole dish that originated in southern France. Your first experience with the recipe should be a quality one, so inquire as to where the locals recommend you find the best version of this dish and make your way there! While there are slight variations of cassoulet throughout the region, the Toulouse version typically contains: duck or goose confit, white beans, sausages and (why not?) even more meat (pork and mutton)! It will be served in a cassole, the earthenware cooking vessel for which it was named. There is also a canned version available from the local grocers, in a recommended service size, but after having it prepared fresh, how can it compare?
Stay in Touch while in Toulouse
Track your travels to reminisce later and post all your Kodak moments to your favorite social network with the help of Kemwel’s portable MiFi. It’s the perfect accessory to keep your friends and family back home up to speed on your adventures, and works with up to eight WiFi accessible devices.
Car Rental in Toulouse
To maximize your freedom and flexibility while in France, rent a factory-new Peugeot at the Toulouse Airport. While you may find limitations to your travel, renting a car in France with Kemwel doesn’t have to be one of them. For lovers of sand and surf, Toulouse is centrally located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, or in no time at all you can be driving towards the lavender fields of Provence. Cross the borders of Spain and you can be enjoying tapas by noontime.
Access all the scenic beauty, history and charm that Southern France has to offer when you confirm your Peugeot rental car online. Learn more about renting a Peugeot with our practical information pages. If you still have questions, contact a Kemwel reservation specialist toll-free at 1-877-820-0668.