Check-out early for a 4 hour long haul journey, today’s road trip is another route crosses country border! We are returning to Paris through Ghent. We should reach Gare Du Nord by 1:30 pm to return our Peugeot 208 Auto Diesel at 2:00 pm to Europcar. Cuak kejap bila kena tahan road block but they only check our passports.
Upon returning the rental car, be sure to refill the gas full tank. Travel by car in France tak berapa menyeronokkan. Probably because the roads are somewhat narrow and confusing (around Gare Du Nord). But if you’re a good driver, you would do fine anyway.
So, we returned the car and get on Eurostar back to London. We spent all Euro coins at the station because we are not gonna need them anymore 🙂
Road signs are easy to understand although they are not in English. You would definitely understand the visuals i.e. distance between front car and yours, trajectory speeding camera, speed limit, and R&R.
Most Rest Area (R&R) we went to are very clean, wifi, and quiet. You dont see people busy go in and out of washrooms. If you’re idle in the car, make sure you turn off your engine. They are serious about conserving the air from pollution.
What is it like crossing a country border?
— Just like you’re crossing Johor – Melaka – Seremban via Plus Highway. Only there’s no toll booth waiting at each end. You would see a signboard informing you you’re reaching a country’s border and you pass by as you’re driving. And no, there’s no army with gun to check your passport at each crossing 🙂
— Once in France, to and fro. You can pay by credit card or cash. No staff. Just machine.
Do they have road blocks?
— We only experienced once. And no, there’s no major traffic pile up. Your red passport dont alarm them.
How to know the routes?
— When planning, i refer to Google Map. See here. And when we are driving, we used Waze. It could be a better journey if we had a pocket wifi with us.
How to start planning a road trip?
— I limit driving journey to maximum 3 hours. Because it would be tiring for all of us if we drive more than that. So get the Google Map on, start dotting your Point A to Point B and so on. It would be great if each point is a tourist attraction so you would not end up in gangster alley/black area.