My wife and I are traveling from Paris (where we will stay for 3 - 4 days) to the Normandy region, where we will spend 2 days (one at the D-Day beaches and one in Honfleur and Mt. St. Michel). We then will travel to Provence (staying in Avignon) for three days and then on to Nice and Monaco for a day or two, flying back tot he USA from Nice. My questions are:
1. I think we need a car for the Normandy portion of the trip. Should we rent it in Paris or should we take a train to the Normandy region and rent a car there? If the latter, in what city should we rent the car?
2. Given that we will have a car in the Normandy region, should we keep it for the rest of our trip, driving it from Normandy to Avignon (if so, how long will it take)? Or should we return the car either in Normandy or Paris and take a train to Avignon, where we can rent another car for the remainder of our trip? Any advice will be greatly appreciated!