France has 22 regions (like states), divided into 96 departments (like shires). We live in the region of Rhône-Alpes, which is divided into 8 departments. Our department is Rhône, the capital city of which is Lyon.
Each department is numbered, and cars from each department have that number on their number plates. Rhône is 69.
So, as a passenger, I like playing the number plate game! I don’t know all the numbers and departments yet, but it’s interesting to try and find where everyone’s from (well…I think it is)! Cars from different countries within Europe also have a corresponding letter on their number plates. F for France, P for Portugal, for example. E for Spain, but hey – things are spelt differently here!