Five Things You Didn’t Know You Wanted to Do in Paris
Although there are enough must-see attractions in Paris to fill several sightseeing lifetimes, the city is sprinkled with exquisite little treasures that are often bypassed by tourists. Outside the city, there is even more to discover, as you will find when you arrange car hire at any of ten Nova Car hire outlets:
· Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 1
· Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 2
· Paris Gare de Lyon
· Paris Gare du Nord
· Paris Orly Sud Airport
· Paris Villiers
· Paris Orly West Airport
· Paris Austerlitz Gare SNCF
· Paris Montparnasse Gare
· Paris Federation
What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us?
A lot, if the Roman Arena in the 5th arrondissement is anything to go by. Built in the first century A.D., when Paris was a Roman city, the Arènes de Lutèce was rediscovered in the late 19th century and is now a public park.
Accessible via rue de Navarre, rue des Arènes, and a passage on rue Monge, this last vestige of Paris’s Roman past features Roman baths and a few ghostly amphitheatre seats.
Tilting at Windmills
Iconic windmills are not the exclusive domain of Don Quixote, or even the Dutch. Paris has its Moulin Rouge (Red Windmill) nightclub, but that is just a façade. You’ll have to look further to find the genuine article.
Montmartre has two genuine windmills, with Le Moulin à Poivre operating until 1878. Adjacent to the rue Lepic, you’ll find the Moulin de la Gallette and the Moulin du Radet.
When the hauteur of the French capital becomes too overwhelming, escape in your Nova rental car for the town of Provins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site 93km (58 miles) northeast of Paris.
Clustered around the Saint Quiriace Collegiate Church, is a charming cobblestone town that evokes the quintessential image of old Europe. In summer you can enjoy medieval re-enactments around the town.
See the garden that inspired Claude Monet’s iconic Water Lilies (Nymphea)paintings and visit Giverny. About 80km (50 miles) from Paris, it makes an easy day trip from Paris in your Nova rental car. Claude Monet’s property at Giverny is open to the public, giving access to the restored Nymphea studio and a precious collection of Japanese engravings. The house and gardens are particularly inviting in the summer, when the flowers are in bloom.
For something iconically French yet not at all chic, visit Parc Asterix. A theme park based on the beloved French comic character, it is a great place for kids of all ages to cut loose.
Located 30km (19 miles) north of Paris, Parc Asterix is open from April through October and offers five different historical adventuresGaul, Roman Empire, Greece
Vikings, and Travel Through Time. One way of showing kids that learning can be fun!