Hi. Plan to arrive in Amiens by train from Paris on 8 Nov 2012. Hire a car and drive to Ypres on 9 Nov to commence a 4 day self drive tour of the Western Front. After that we will have about 6 days to tour before flying out to Dublin on possibly 19 November from most likely Paris. We are flexible about departure date and city from France to Dublin at this stage. Will depend on availability and cost.
What would be a convenient place to collect and return a hire car from in Amiens? Whilst I don't mind driving on the right hand side of the road, my concern would be leaving from the centre of a large city with my extremely limited ability to speak French (learning).
I know that the French like to celebrate Remembrance Day (I was a member of the small Australian Armed Forces contingent for the 60th Anniversery at Compienge in 1978), and so should we preplan booking accommodation or just arrive and book as we go. There will be three of us.
Also could you advise on what areas we should visit after our battlefields tour. We would love to see local villages, historical places, take in some French culture and scenery. I realize that this last part is a bit iffy but just trying to gather ideas.
Thank you for any advice.