On Tuesday June 28th we flew from Washington D.C. to Chicago and from there to Paris. United was very good, on time and the service on board couldn’t have been better.
We had reservation for leasing a Citroen with TT Cars. If you are traveling for an extended period, leasing is cheaper then renting.
TT Cars was awesome! I called them (toll free) as soon as we got our luggage from the carrousel at the airport, and they provided us with directions for meeting their representative (we had just to take the elevator one floor down and walk less than 20 feet!).
There was already a guy there waiting for us with a jacket written TT Cars. He drove us to their office (5 minutes ride) and there they asked to see my passport. Nothing more! No need to show Credit Card, Driver’s license, nothing at all! Much easier, much simpler and faster than renting a vehicle! Another good thing: They are not like people from rental agencies insisting that you should buy this or that kind of insurance. It took less than 2 minutes to have receive the keys and we departed with our brand new car!
The car: A C3 , dark metallic gray, with air conditioner, electric windows, etc. Very cute. Before leaving with the car, a TT employee showed us where all stuff is located (like spare tires, safety triangle, etc). They also gave us a map of the nearest Petrol Station. The car runs with diesel.
Important: They told us that in France the safety triangle must be INSIDE the car, in a place that you can have easy access. It can not be placed in the trunk!
While driving on the road and it took me a while to get used to the car, as it is mechanical and my car in the USA is automatic. But…. as I drove a mechanic car almost all my life and after a while I was driving better… 🙂 Anyway, I prefer automatic cars, but here in Europe the majority of the cars are mechanic. 😦
We filled the tank: 45 Euros ! Wow! Much much much more expensive than in the US!
The new GPS worked FINE !!! (Thanks FF)
After almost 2 hours driving the GPS got lost and could not find the road (I guess it is an old map and the freeway is now in a new place). Anyway, that was not a problem because the signposts on the road are excellent. We had plenty of information about the city we were driving to: Nancy.
So… while the GPS was lost we just kept following the signs to Nancy!
We stopped on a gas station to buy sandwiches (marvelous bread with Ementhal cheese).
The highway is awesome (excellent condition) and it crosses beautiful regions (Champagne region with many sunflowers!). The weather was not beautiful: Dark skies and light rain once in a while.
We arrived in Nancy at 2.40pm and had no difficulty finding our hotel.
We left the luggage in our room, the car in the (covered and secure) garage and went to visit the city. Our hotel has an excellent location and it is very close to Place Stanislas (the main attraction in town).
We were starving ! The time was 4pm, so it was too early to have dinner. So, we decided to stop at this little place called “Made in France”. I have already read that they have the best sandwiches in France. In fact, they were DELICIOUS!
Returning to the hotel, as we were tired after waking in the morning, + arriving at D.C. Airport two hours before our flight + 2.5 hours flying to Chicago + 3 hours at Chicago airport waiting for the connecting flight + 8.5 hours flying from Chicago to Paris + 3.5 hours driving from Paris to Nancy + 3 hours of sightseeing! Wow! That makes almost 30 hours “on the road” . What a busy day! 🙂
Now, due to the time zone, here in Nancy is 1.30AM but my biological watch is set to D.C. time so it is only 7.24pm ! After a quick nap when we returned to the hotel I am totally awake and it will be tough to sleep! On the other hand… my dear husband is “dead”, snoring besides me!
Click here to see more photos we took in Nancy !
Our adventures will continue tomorrow when we will go shopping our new bicycles and after that we will drive to our new destination : Zurich!