Leasing a new car in France for 80 days is a substantial cost but somehow it works out cheaper than renting a (used) car. So we have a brand new Citroen C4 Picasso. Ollie jokes that it’s a lemon (citron = lemon) but actually there’s nothing at all bitter about the car. It’s a beautiful machine.
We have quickly come to rely on the GPS navigation system. Its data seems to be a bit out of date; it was missing a new dual carriageway that we used on Monday and showed us zipping along cross-country. But generally it’s accurate in getting from A to B, and letting us know local speed limits. The navigation system was particularly useful when getting us through about 50 roundabouts in Tours during evening rush hour on Tuesday.
On Monday we drove into central Chartres and parked in an underground car park. For reasons that we never completely worked out, the car would not lock. We ended up leaving it unlocked for the duration of our visit. The most likely reason was that our large amount of luggage may have prevented the boot from completely closing, even though it appeared to be closed. The car has certainly locked fine since we unloaded our luggage at St Martin le Beau.