Thank you so much for your insight and recommendation. We are actually getting on the plane tomorrow from Paris to go home to Orange County. We ended up going into Baden Baden but did not stay there too long as it seemed to be very commercialized. We took highway 500 which is a beautiful scenic highway through the black forest with our new car and ended up staying in a small inn in Lauf, near Sasbachwalden where a lot of wine is made. The next day was spent walking through Strasbourg with the kids and eating some Tarte Flambe'. Great drive into Paris until the last toll booth when I got pulled over by the French police.
He wrote me a ticket for averaging 158.6 km/hr and politely reminded me that the French speed limit is only 130 km/hr. "i know its not very high, especially for your car", very nice car" Wink.. "The French republic thanks you.." With a big smile, i gladly paid my €45.00