Posted by Carter | Under Where to?
Friday Jul 18, 2014
France Driving Tips: Burgundy Region
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.
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.
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.
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!