The car has been out of production for n-years, no regular rental
agency will have them. I can't think of where you'd possibly
rent one. Good conditioned ones are now becoming collector items,
and possibly you could purchase one of the poor condition ones.
They are underpowered and you are obviously a romantic! This is
the country of the TGV now, no more beret wearing bicyclists carrying
a load of bread under their arms.
Low end rentals will be things like the Clio (Renault) or the
106. Nothing romantic in those cars. Good luck.
I would recommend calling David Allen, the 2cv guy in Georgia. he
locates teh cars for buyers in us and europe and he may be able to
find a citroeniste who'll do a deal privately with you. also, look
up citroen on the web and contact some of the citroen fans directly.
good luck. If you find one let me know!
teh 13th monkey
People go to McDonalds now in France, no more 2CVs, no more picnics.
And "demin" or is that dinim", i.e. like the jeans. The story is that
the word came from sail cloth manufactured in Nimes, i.e. sailcloth
de Nimes. If so, it is very appropriate that a French car should use
this cloth for the seats.
Anyway, seriously, the French will buy a couple of cheap folding chairs
and table and set up along the road somewhere for a picnic. Some routes
now have picnic tables available in little parks. The problem is
that the French (and I am naturalized French) have a poor habit of
throwing their junk anywhere along the road, and well travel routes
will often had paper, plastic bottles etc. strewn along the road. Even
the prepared picnic areas have a problem with this, although they have
teams which come through and clean up. Best to choise a little traveled
route, stop in a forested area were you can pull off the road a 100 feet or
more. Most modest and even small towns will have a charcuterie at which
you can buy prepared plates. Obviously, markets will have cheese, coldcuts,
and bread (or the local baker). In the country side some sometimes
finds road side markets selling regional items, like goat cheeses, honey
etc. Charcuteries can be expensive and by the time you pay up (let's say
100 francs) one comes close to paying what one might pay at a local
cheap restaurant. Certain items are expensive, salades with sea food,
like schrimp. Slices of ham can be purchased by the slice (tranche)
and, for instance, two slices of Jambon de York might run 25 francs.
Jambon de Paris is a cheapest version of factor ham, and there may
be two dozen different regional hams in France, not to speak of imports.
Jambon de York, by the way, is not imported from England. It is a style
of ham and made in France! I did not find out about this until after
I made a special trip into York, England to look for it. They only
had Polish hams sailing in the butchers there! Next I tried the
special food section of Harods in London and found what appeared to
me to be a poor imitation of a "real" York ham. On my return to
France, I ask the man at the chacuterie about this and he said that
the York hams sold in France were made in France. Some French
gourmets rank the Jambon de York as the best French ham!
> The car has been out of production for n-years, no regular rental
This is the country of the TGV now, no more beret wearing bicyclists carrying
a load of bread under their arms.
What?! I thought all Frenchmen wore berets, rode bicycles, and carried loaves
of bread under their arms! What hath Mitterand/Chirac wrought? Many years ago
when I was a student in France, we had a 2CV and used to take it on picnics in
the Vosges; we would simply unsnap the seats and use them as picnic seats.
Wonderful car. Last summer I saw a lot of them in France and Italy; I did know
they were no longer producing them but obviously a lot of people still like
them, maintain them, and use them.
To: Greg Allen
Have you tried the 12 monkey game on the Web? I can get out of the
prison dormitory and then out of the scientist's lab, but then I am stuck.
Any suggestions? I still don't know what I'm doing or what I am heading for.
BTW, 770 is a new area code in Georgia, not a typo
the 13th monkey