Friday, March 25, 2011

Re-thinking Transportation

One of the things that I haven't had during my stay in France is a car. I wanted to experience life here the way Laury does...car-less. She manages quite well on foot, on her bicycle, on the bus and occasionally by catching a ride with a friend. I have to say that I've found most things very do-able without a car. I certainly don't miss worrying about gas prices or traffic or finding a parking place. It feels good to be not adding to the earth's carbon emission problems. Riding the bus has been fun. I get to really look at the passing countryside and its little villages without looking at the road; I let the bus driver take care of that. All that being said, I'm re-thinking transportation. When I return to France this fall, do I need to buy a car? I find that I miss being able to explore beyond the bus route. Sometimes it's not very convenient to plan my life around the bus schedule. I haven't been able to go to church this winter because the bus doesn't go where I need to go. I've not gotten involved in any activities outside the village. Again being car-less, it just doesn't work.

Obviously, the rusting relic hiding in the woods just beyond Jean's house isn't the answer! And as much as I'd love to have one of these, a deux chevaux like Christiane's isn't right either. I've toyed with the idea of a cute little red Vespa, but realistically...that doesn't work in the rain or when I have a lot of groceries to haul. Do I need to bite the bullet and buy a little car? Patrick would help me find a used Peugot, I think. Is that the way I should go? What do you think?

3 comments:

  1. Yep, go for the car ... it'll give you a whole other view of life in France. :)

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  2. Do get a car. If there's a Super U supermarket (a chain) near you. They offer very good long term rental prices. They also have a website. You will find that you still use your feet and other resources much more than we do in the States.

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  3. Thanks for the tip, Jo Anne! I'll check into Super U.

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