From Paris to the Beach

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Cheap car hire is not only more available than it once was, the ability to book online allows for greater flexibility than ever.

A lot of people travel to France to quench their thirst for the seaside; for the wonderful beaches lining the coast of this beautiful country. And that’s a reasonable
reason for making the decision. But why not mix things up a bit? See Paris as well as the beach.

France 576Travel to Paris sans car and check into accommodation there. Find a good tourist map of the city and a Metro map and get yourself a Visite Paris Metro pass. This will allow you to travel all over the city by bus, tram and Metro, switching between different modes of transport and using them as many times as you like throughout the day.

There are numerous museums in Paris worthy of your time and it really depends what kind of art you like. If you’re a fan of the Impressionists, you’ll like Musée d’Orsay. The museum is on the left bank of the Seine, and it’s quite a lovely walk to get to it. For those people who have been to London, it is this part of Paris which truly makes it feel like London’s sister. Here you will find Renoir, Monet and Degas along with all the other famous Impressionists and Post-impressionists.

If that isn’t your thing, you’ve got the Louvre or the Pompidou Centre. The Louvre is far too big to get round in a day, or perhaps even a week, so you have to be a pretty
serious art fan to visit. The main attraction here is the Mona Lisa, but as you may have heard, she’s really quite small and continuously surrounded by a swathe of
tourists who have spotted her on the map and raced over. This can make it difficult to get a good look.

If you like modern art, Pompidou is the right choice if you. It has an extraordinary collection, including wonderful pieces by Matisse, Picasso and Kandinsky. Be sure
to explore the roof terraces of the Pompidou. The view of the city is spectacular. Of course, Paris isn’t all about the art. Head to Montmartre to explore the winding
cobbled streets and eat lunch in one of the many pretty cafés. At the top of the hill, which you can take the funicular if you’re tired or find walking difficult, or walk up toparis
the majestic Sacré-Coeur. Stay a while.

Once you’ve done Paris, hire a car and drive to one of the Normandy or Brittany beaches on the north coast. It’s only a few hours’ drive. Then you’ll get the best of
both worlds. The Normandy beaches are not only beautiful and near to pretty little villages, they are historically important for being the site of the Normandy landings,
which were the beginning of the end of the Second World War. When you’ve soaked up enough beach, drive the car back and head home.

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Sailor August 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Wow! That sounds like a very fantastic trip!

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