After a five-day stay in Paris (no car), we will be renting a car and driving on to Normandy and then down through France to Nice, where our trip will end. Because we plan on stopping in Giverny to visit Monet's gardens on our way from Paris to Honfleur, we will be renting our car in or on the outskirts of Paris. We are staying in the Rue Cler neighborhood in Paris. This is our first trip to Paris, so we are not used to driving there at all.
Would we be better off taking the metro to an outer area of Paris such as the Porte Maillot to pick up our car? (I believe that I read a post on this quite some time ago, but cannot locate it now). Or do you think we could reasonably navigate from the Rue Cler neighborhood to get on to the A-13? Your suggestions are very much appreciated!