DH and I have a two week trip in Spain in early October. Lucky us. He now has a business meeting in Paris Sept 23-25, so I will go to France with him, "do" Paris while he works. Lucky me. Fortunately his company travel agent is able to convert our Spain flights to open jaw to Paris, return from Madrid. Lucky us. But since this possibility has just occurred, we have done no research yet.
We want to rent a car outside Paris, and then drive south. mostly visiting villages and chateau. If we can rent bikes and cycle along a canal for a few hours, that would be lovely. We will drop the car on French border, and proceed to Spain by train.
We have never driven in Europe, but our son tells us it is easy once we learn the road signs. Two questions: what would be a good smaller town outside of Paris for our car pickup? And where should we drop the car six days later?
One route idea we had is to gently head from Paris toward St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, then west-to-east through the mountains, and then drop the car at Peipignon. Does this make sense?