After spending an amazing 3 weeks in Germany and Poland with friends and family, we said our goodbyes and officially began our world adventure. Our first stop: France. Rick and I honeymooned in Paris and we both agreed France was the perfect starting point to our adventure. We were excited about the thought of exploring the French countryside and vast landscapes. We took our flight from Warsaw to Paris and everything went smooth to touchdown. The kids were great on the plane and it looked like a perfect beginning of our trip…but, there is always a but.
Once we arrived in Paris we headed to Hertz rental car where we booked our vehicle for the next 3 months. Everything was moving in the right direction until the gentleman working the counter told us that they no longer had an automatic car for us, that we would be given a manual car! Can you believe that??!! We had reserved and paid for an automatic car and he said because we were an hour late they gave our car away! At first, I thought it was a joke but I realized that he was serious. The kids were running around like little ants, we were exhausted and hungry and neither of us know how to drive a manual car. Rick has never driven a manual vehicle, and I, well, I failed my driving test 5 times in Poland. I remember back in the days when I was learning how to drive a manual car, it stopped in the middle of the road because I did not add enough gas and I started to cry while all the cars behind me kept beeping at me. So no, I was not going to drive a manual car through France and other European Countries.
Surprisingly, we both kept it together and did not get mad or frustrated. The agent explained they would have an automatic car for us the next day. Sometimes you have to roll with the punches and that’s exactly what we did. We took a taxi and walked into a nearby hotel and asked for the room. Fortunately they had one room available and thats where we stayed for the night. That night we dined at all places…McDonalds!!!!! First time Rick and I have been to McDonald’s in probably over 10 years. How is it possible that our first dinner in France was consumed at all places, McDonalds! Sometimes you just go with the flow. We got a pretty good night sleep, probably because we all were so exhausted. The next day we went back to Hertz and the new agent had no idea about a reserved automatic car for us. Luckily she was super nice and spoke with her manager who arranged a car with an automatic transmission. And they even upgraded us to an amazing Peugeot Station Wagon with GPS and many other goodies that we did not request. We left Hertz very happy and drove off to a little village called St Pere (about 5 hours West of Paris) in the Brittany region of France. Stay tuned because the best is yet to come...