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    Hi everyone back in Oz,

    Yesterday, as part of an OS trip, we took a 2CV tour of Paris. Lots of fun, despite some rain. Our car was from 1983. The company has 50 of them!

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    No "Parisian bumpers" on there. Makes parking more difficult

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    I'm going on the same tour next thursday
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    How do they avoid the need for an 'emissions sticker'? Maybe a Gallic shrug to the gendarme is enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by James S View Post
    Hi everyone back in Oz,

    Yesterday, as part of an OS trip, we took a 2CV tour of Paris. Lots of fun, despite some rain. Our car was from 1983. The company has 50 of them!

    Hopefully the photo loads OK.

    I was under the impression they were all electric now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balki View Post
    I'm going on the same tour next thursday
    Good stuff! If you get a driver called "Manuel", there is an outside chance that it'll be the same driver we had. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizardofaus View Post
    I was under the impression they were all electric now?
    Definitely a petrol engine. Some exhaust fumes got into the car. Very basic cars. It would be cool to have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdvreede View Post
    No "Parisian bumpers" on there. Makes parking more difficult

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    ...and driving in the lanes and using indicators are almost never done. It is mayhem. Somehow everyone seems to get to where they need to go though. Merging seems to work smoothly enough also. Several cars driving in parallel tend to be able to merge into one lane easily enough and keep moving along. Imagine trying to do that in Australia - bogan road rage would take over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James S View Post
    ...and driving in the lanes and using indicators are almost never done. It is mayhem. Somehow everyone seems to get to where they need to go though. Merging seems to work smoothly enough also. Several cars driving in parallel tend to be able to merge into one lane easily enough and keep moving along. Imagine trying to do that in Australia - bogan road rage would take over.
    Did you go around the arc de triumph? No lines there but still between 8 and 12 lines of traffic Rome is worse though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdvreede View Post
    Did you go around the arc de triumph? No lines there but still between 8 and 12 lines of traffic Rome is worse though...

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    Yes - went around it and the driver managed to get to the inside. It was crazy, but fun also...because I wasn't driving! I've been to Rome also. Had a taxi ride that I thought we would die on. The guy was driving down footpaths at speed. He was antisocial until I told him we were from Australia, not the US! Had the same experience here also. A tip - learn how to say I am from Australia in French. Works well.

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    No need to James. It took us a little to say "do you speak AUSTRALIE?" It made a humongous difference we agree.

    We came across a few that apparently still don't like the British (100 year war has something to do with it).

    So, Australie makes a big difference especially at Villers Bretonneux {tear jerking exercise I can assure when the wife came across the temporary timber cross on the grave of her great uncle who fought to save the French from the invading Germans. And at that time, thanks to Howard, Australia invaded Iraq).

    So, no real need to learn French when they realize we are not Poms (or American), it is surprizing how much Australian they understand.

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    Yes - went around it and the driver managed to get to the inside. It was crazy, but fun also...because I wasn't driving! I've been to Rome also. Had a taxi ride that I thought we would die on. The guy was driving down footpaths at speed. He was antisocial until I told him we were from Australia, not the US! Had the same experience here also. A tip - learn how to say I am from Australia in French. Works well.

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    We had the deux chevaux experience when we visited Paris

    We were told insurance companies do not enter any claims that occur at Arc de Triomph

    What really impressed me with the tour was we visited the 1 metre datum somewhere (near the old wall city?, it was all a bit of a flash)
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
    Yes Col - that's the company we went with. There are a couple I think.

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    Unfortunately, we didn't get to Villers Bretonneux this time. That would have been a moving experience for your wife and you John. We will go there at some point on a future trip.

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    I want to JOIN that tour as well! My bucket list!
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    James, we're going to be in Paris around the end of November this year. A 2CV Paris tour is on our bucket list. Where did you pick up the tour?

    Any suggestions/recommendations (anyone?) for reasonably priced accommodation for 4-7 days in Paris?

    cheers, Robin

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    when I'm rich hopefully cars will still exist and I am going to go around France in a D!And in the back seat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Hoffmann View Post
    James, we're going to be in Paris around the end of November this year. A 2CV Paris tour is on our bucket list. Where did you pick up the tour?

    Any suggestions/recommendations (anyone?) for reasonably priced accommodation for 4-7 days in Paris?

    cheers, Robin
    Hi Robin,

    We booked it through Viator. There are a few different options. If you are staying in the city (districts starting with "75"), they will pick up and drop you off at your hotel.

    Balki would be about to take his tour right now I guess! I hope he has less rain than we did.

    Back in Australia now for us and back at work - Paris is literally half a world away again...

    Cheers

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    just about to walk down and start the tour, clear sky sunny and warm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Balki View Post
    just about to walk down and start the tour, clear sky sunny and warm
    Awesome! Let us know how it goes.

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    Not sure your budget / standard. We have just spent 3 nights at Hotel Edouard VI (3 star) near Montparnasse station good if you are catching train there also air condtn (Paris +30 last week) about 115 euro a night. Have also stayed at Hotel Jeanne D'Arc and the Hotel de la Herse D'or , sometime ago, both in the Marais near Bastille both acceptable. Check them out on google . Some of the cheap hotels are fun if you have broad mind !!!!
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    Thanks James & Bobsie! looking forward to reading Balki's review.

    Bonjour!! Robin

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    We stayed in the Mercure near the Eiffel Tower. Not cheap but had a view of the tower - well, most of it anyway. The Pullman next to it might be a better option to get a better view - probably even more expensive. The area around there is pretty safe and worked for us this time. I enjoyed just walking around the area, looking at the buildings, the tower from all angles and of course, all of the French cars on the roads. Apart from in front of the tower, there is hardly any green space in the city, and it was hot and very humid during our stay. The AC in the hotel room wasn't quite up to scratch but was "OK".

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    Okay, went on the tour yesterday, young fellow spoke fairly good English, he took dad and myself on a 2 hour drive around, very glad he drove as he's not scared to use the might of the 2cv to get his way, took us to lots of places people never see in streets almost to small for the 2cv, must say the car got a hiding, went round the arch flat stick he then decided to stop half way round in the centre for us to have a look at the flame then its straight back into the traffic, very exciting and not good if you get nervous, i thought it was great fun playing chicken in the traffic in a sardine can.
    The company he works for only has 4 2cv's the other crowd he said has 40.
    He dropped us off at the Eiffel tower so we could meet our next guide up the tower, well worth the trip up.
    If you ever go to paris make sure you do this trip, even dad enjoyed flying around in the back
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