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Paris Car Hire: Discover A Whole New City

May 4, 2008
City of light, city of love, style capital...whatever your impressions of Paris may be, you can be assured that renting a car in Paris will change your mind. From the hidden gems of the off-the beaten track locations to the world-renowned must-sees, you'll find car hire gives you the freedom to explore at a pace that suits you. The following is a guide to how to make the most of your time in Paris.

Charles De Gaulle Airport Terminal 3 Mini Guide:

Terminal 3 at Charles de Gaulle Airport is situated within a few minutes walking distance of the train station and is linked with the other two terminals via a free shuttle bus service. Terminal 3 is the mainly served by budget airline Easyjet.

Things To See/Do in Paris:

Paris has long been a favourite city break destination for romantic breaks, shopping trips and sporting weekends.

One way to take in the iconic sites of the 'city of light' is to go on a walking tour. You're guaranteed to take in sites like L'Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées Notre Dame Cathedral, Montemartre and of course, the Eiffel Tower.

Paris is generally regarded as the fashion capital of the world and offers an exciting shopping scene for thrifty bargain hunters and seasoned fashionistas alike. Tati on boulevard de Rochechouart offers discount designer labels, while creations by Paris's enfant terrible Jean Paul Gaultier are to be found at his exclusive self -titled boutique at rue Vivienne.

Paris is also the location for many other events during the sporting calendar, including the Paris Tennis Masters, held annually at the end of October. The world famous summer cycling competition, the Tour de France, also concludes in Paris. Paris's surrounding countryside offers plenty of attractions to be explored by rental car, including the Palace of Versailles, which is within a 17km drive of the city centre.

Eating Out/Nightlife/Accommodation in Paris:

Paris has a varied and vibrant nightlife, comprising trendy jazz clubs, lively café bars and buzzing nightclubs. Most clubs in Paris don't open up until after 11pm, meaning local Parisians don't usually head out until well after midnight. After-dark hotspots in the city include: Le Divan du Monde, Les Gala des Ringards and Le Snow Club.

Paris offers an excellent range of eateries, guaranteed to satisfy every taste and budget. Those who enjoy fine dining will like elegant establishments such as Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée and L'Arpége. However, don't worry if your budget doesn't stretch to five-star treatment. Cheap treats are to be found at Paris's myriad quaint cafés and reasonable brasseries. Brasserie de I'lle St-Louis and Astier are two such low cost, high quality eateries.

Whether you're looking to live it up in the lap of luxury or simply want somewhere to rest your head, you're sure to find the right accommodation to match your budget in Paris. Amarante on Champs Elyseés is definitely one for those looking for something on the upper-end of the priceline. Here luxury suites will set you back €190 per night. Meanwhile budget establishments like Hostel Richard in the 11th District offer cheap lodgings with low cost rates starting from €28 per night.
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