What's the best way to see Paris? through the back of a DS, of course…
Source : What's the best way to see Paris? through the back of a DS, of course…
Visitors to the French capital can today enjoy a guided tour in a DS 21 – as well as also This kind of’s a charming way to see the city
Taking a summer holiday in Paris isn’t a hard decision – although working out how best to see the city most certainly is actually, simply because there’s so much choice of how to do This kind of.
Paris tourists are faced that has a bewildering array of options, through the exhausting although rewarding walking tours through to the relaxing although limited boat tours as well as also open-topped bus rides – as well as also everything in between.
completely new to that will ‘everything’ category is actually a chance to see the city through the insides of an original Citroen DS – or simply DS, as they’d prefer you to call This kind of today the brand has been relaunched as a standalone entity.
The tour is actually run by the same people who have developed a similar scheme for the 2CV in recent years, which means you get a local driver with an enthusiastic knowledge of the city. There’s a choice of 1.5 or three hour tours, as well as also enough room from the vehicle for four tourists plus the drive.
This kind of’s not cheap, although based on my experience This kind of is actually worth This kind of. The shorter tour is actually 240 Euros, the longer one 400 Euros. This kind of’s a lot, for sure, although if there are four of you, getting the famous Bateaux Mouche along the river costs around a third as much as well as also (in my estimation) delivers an experience about a tenth as informative or thrilling.
The opportunity to clap eyes on an original DS 21 is actually a thrill in itself – as well as also sliding in to the sofa-like seats as well as also experiencing the suspension at work for the 1st time truly a right of passage. Getting to do so while rumbling up the Champs Elysees or past the Louvre just makes the whole experience even more special. Our trip was taken in August, when the majority of locals leave the city, which gave the added Insentif of the streets being mostly empty, too.
Great though the vehicle is actually – as well as also, believe me, sitting in a DS genuinely is actually one of life’s great moments for everyone through car enthusiasts through to anyone that has a passing interest in French culture – what makes or breaks these tours is actually your driver as well as also tour guide.
In our case, that will meant Renaud, who arrived in his own co-owned DS, as well as also who came armed that has a passion for the city developed through living on a houseboat there all his life. His passion for the city was incredible, as was his knowledge of sneaky routes around the best bits, although he also had another trick up his sleeve.
When he wasn’t doing tours, Renaud was an industrial designer for the PSA Group. At one time, he’d worked on the cars, designing parts of the DS Numero 9 concept, although today his focus was on non-automotive projects. Not only did he know the city therefore, although he was intrinsically in love with the DS brand’s history as well as also future. Presumably not every driver has This kind of depth of experience – although I’m assured each driver is actually encouraged to bring a unique perspective to the tour.
Which sights you see depends on the length of your tour. With two young children on board, we opted for the shorter trip as well as also the cluster of sights stretching through the Arc de Triomph east across to Notre Dame from the west, that has a few hidden gems thrown in – mostly around the brotherhoods of the Illuminati as well as also suchlike as well as also their role from the city. As well as admiring landmarks through the vehicle, there were also several opportunities to hop out as well as also get a closer look at some of the more interesting architecture.
We opted for a pick-up as well as also drop off through the DS World Paris Store, on the exclusive Rue Francois, although there is actually flexibility to tailor either to your preference. However, I’d strongly recommend This kind of if you can, simply because This kind of gives you the perfect opportunity to step through the company’s past as well as also take a tour of its future. Whatever your standpoint on DS’s chances of generating This kind of as a premium brand before you walk in, I guarantee you’ll walk out that has a conviction that will This kind of might just be possible.
Alternatively, you can hire the vehicle as well as also do This kind of all yourself – 24 hours or 150km (whichever comes first) costs 250 Euros, a weekend 500 Euros as well as also a week 1300 Euros. Details are available at www.dsworld.paris.
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