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Report 2025: Airplanes, Roses, Poppies, Caves, Bridges and Paradise

By Anastasia from Canada, Summer 2012

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Page 9 of 24: Returning Customer

photo by me

On our way to the Loire

Our hotel was well located for shopping and toy shopping at big stores. The shoes stores were also all around, but the prices were high. Rue Ste Anne is filled with Japanese restaurants, and people were queuing in front of the some of them.

After refreshing at our hotel room we walked to rue de Rivoli for a crepe and an ice cream. And I purchased a couple of T-Shirts for our son. The night was cold, windy and rainy. We spent our time packing the famous train, and our luggage was ready for the next morning.

In the morning as it was cold, we just sat at the bar across the street for espresso and excellent croissants and our son had a real orange juice pressed in front of him.

Although the metro Pyramides was less than 500m, we opted for a taxi this time to get to our Europcar rental at Place díItalie. The metro could have been handy because it is the same line, however the rush hour had started and the metro entrance had stairs and was narrow.

We arrived at Europcar after an easy ride. Only two people were there and were being served. I am not sure but every time there is a young person trying to rent a car for moving arranging all details and then finding out they canít rent because they donít have a credit card. She was then calling all her friends and her mother for a card.

Fortunately the other person was quick. When our turn came we were asked if we rented with Europcar before. We said yes, and we even rented at that particular location. It is good to easily get outside of Paris. As we mentioned we were returning clients, the girlís attitude had completely changed. We now were treated more cordially. We were upgraded although I was reluctant, but they didnít have another car. So we had a bigger model of family Renault Megane diesel model. It was a nice car but it was larger than other cars we rented in the past, and roads can be narrow in small towns and countryside. We had plenty of space for our luggage, and it was completely hidden out of sight. We examined the car in a relatively dark parking, but we were experienced and my husband brought a little flash light. With this we discovered quickly all damages to the car. He couldnít find how to reverse on this car, but fortunately a man was passing by and helped us with understanding. It is a particular position so you couldnít mix-up one of the speeds with the reverse. My husband went back to the office with all we noted and pictures. All damages reported were accepted without checking our pictures.

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