These classic 2CV cars are probably about the cutest way to see Paris – especially if you want to be noticed!
Marie arrived, a 20-something beret-wearing student, who works part time driving these little Citroens around the bustling city of Paris to show tourists the sights. She’s delightful and while we are on the Essential Paris tour, she’s happy to detour. Mind you, not being at all familiar with the city, I was happy to let her do the navigation, pointing out the sights and stopping for as many photos as we wanted along the way.
She has peeled the little canvas roof back so we are in an open top car. Well, as open top as these little cars built between 1948 and 1990 can be.
My friend and I sit on the red velvet covered back seat as she man-handles the gear stick into position and we putter off from our hotel to explore the iconic highlights of Paris without having to walk, or attempt to get on any form of public transport.
Pretty soon it becomes apparent that we are as much a sight to behold as the buildings themselves as tourists take photos of us in our little red car.
Marie leads us into the world’s most manic round-about: the Arc de Triomphe. There appears to be no road rules here, and I have heard that if you prang your car you’re not covered by insurance. Oddly the traffic already on the circle must give way to traffic entering so suddenly we find ourselves stopped, parked actually. A perfect time to poke our heads out the roof and take photos.
Down the Champs Elysee we go and beg her to stop for more photos. No problem. We pull over this time and climb out to pose in front of our little chariot with the scenes of Paris in the background. We drive slowly past the Louvre, and I’m getting my bearings for places I want to come back to. Past Victor Hugo’s house we stop for more pics, then a fly-by of the Eiffel Tower and an hour and a half later we’re back to our hotel ready to head back out and spend a leisurely few hours wandering around the places we caught sight of earlier.
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