Yup, we rented a car and since they drive on the right side of the road like US, it was perfect. Villages were within 1-3 hrs drive and because of the time of the year, there were hardly any tourists. And people were super friendly- we met helpful folks everywhere. At cafes, buses, trams, gas stations, bakeries- even the most stern looking face would break into a smile if I said Bonjour or parles vou anglaise. We had people walk with us to guide us to the right place if we were lost, sit and chat with us at cafes...I was very very impressed with them and the beauty of their country.