Starting to firm up our plans for an early July trip. We have reservations for three nights (Fri-Sun) in Paris at Henri IV Rive Gauche. We will also pend a week in Brest with friends. In between, we have two days to do something - could be stretched to three, if necessary, or we could go directly to Brest if you don't think two days is sufficient to see anything. I really am not interested in touring castles, etc., but am looking for scenic small hamlets, pretty countryside etc. I had originally thought about driving West, through Angers, to the coast, stay in a chateau somewhere, and drive up the coast. But in an affort to avoid the route of the Tour de France which will happen at the same time, I am now thinking of driving north to stay overnight near the Normandy beaches, visit Mt St. Michel, perhaps Honfleur and then drive west to Brittany.
1. Which route would be most scenic/interesting/recommended?
2. Where should I rent a car (we will drop it off at the airport in Brest) bearing in mind that I am really worried about driving in Paris?
3. Any other comments or suggestions?
Thanks so much for your help!!