Last minute trip to Paris Nov 3. Thinking of picking up rental car at CDG driving to Loire Valley and spending three night - then back to Paris. I know this is not optimal time of year. Some questions:
1) How is drive from CDG as route cuts me thru Paris at 9AM on a Wednesday morning - how difficult will it be driving - like any big city (LA, Toronto, etc) at rush hour?
2) Any thoughts or suggestions on the 3 hr drive to Loire Valley once I get beyond Paris - anything of note?
3) Keeping car for time and travel in Loire Valley - using RS guide book to try and figure out where to stay (Amboise looks like a good pick) and what day trips.
4) I have not book car yet - so figuring pick up at CDG is easy and available - on return back to Paris hotel to avoid city driving - I was thinking of doing a night in Versailles and drop car in Versailles town. Is that a 'good idea' or would keeping the car (and not having to taxi or train back to Paris) and dropping car in Paris city be better - concerned about city driving - appreciate thoughts, validation, caution, or encouragement on what worked for you.