Journal: A Weekend In Paris

A Weekend In Paris

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
August 27, 2015
11 comments

Ah, Paris. The City of Light attracts more than 20 million tourists each year, and has been a top destination for decades. There’s no city like Paris, and even Ford of Britain understood this as it decided to create a splendid film to promote its then-new Anglia 105E Deluxe.

The year is 1960, and you’re one half of a young British couple traveling for a weekend—so where do you go?

Thankfully, we don’t have to wonder: over seven minutes, you’ll see a “young, sophisticated” couple take in the sights and sounds of Paris while behind the wheel of their new Anglia in Weekend in Paris. “For Excitement Everywhere” is the film’s tagline, but would you have chosen a different vehicle—a Citroën DS, perhaps?

And for a weekend in Paris now, what’s on your to-do list? Though it wasn’t available to our Anglia pair back in 1960, we’d definitely take a stroll through the most enjoyable Musée National d’Art Moderne, housed in the stunning, scaffold-like Centre Georges Pompidou. For a classic lovely enough to be our companion, thoughts drift to the Matra 530: small, sporty, fun, and avant-garde. 

Image sources: wheelsage.org, oldcarmanualproject.com, tumblr.com, wheelsage.org, parisinsights.comallworldtowns.com

 

 

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Baskingshark
Baskingshark

Hm, let’s see. I think a strong contender would be the Autobianchi Eden Roc or the primrose E-Type driven respectively by Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole in the 1966 Paris-set caper movie [i]How to Steal a Million[/i]. All Audrey’s outfits are by Givenchy. This is one of the films I would very much like to go and live in.

Filip VDB
Filip VDB

No way i would have come with such an ugly car. The French counterparts were soo much cooler those days.
These days i often go to Paris … with my Clio 3 RS 😉

French Frie
French Frie
Paris can be the worst place in the world, or the most beautiful, depending on how you “use” it ! I live between Paris and Fontainebleau and go about twice a week in Paris… for touring and pleasure, it is perfect: lots of entertainement places, museums, parks and an historic homogeneity no other town can beat ! I love to walk in the Luxembourg’s garden, or in les Tuileries one, catching first sun bites in the spring or enjoying good meals in numerous & delicious restaurants (avoiding those for tourists)… I assume there are no other places with that profusion… Read more »
Rob Blasdel
Rob Blasdel

Were the Eiffel photos taken from the restaurant at top of Tour Montparnasse?

Thomas Trepied
Thomas Trepied

Well, my family leave Paris in early ’70 when “Les halles” ( a big and old marketplace ) where closed and replace by the Pompidou center. My father never came back in the city since. Now Paris is a beautiful place full of tourism attractions and expensive place for drink and make party.
When i want ride my Alfa i go around Fontainebleau castle and forest ( south of Paris ) or the Vexin ( west ) there’s beautiful and lonely road.
If you’r looking for a nice city with good food at honest price et gentle people, go to Lyon, ahah.

Stephan P
Stephan P
Guitar Slingers advice is good for any city you want to truly experience. Last summer we arrived in Paris a little too early for our appointment with the manager of the apartment we were renting. What to do? Do as Parisians do and while away the time in an outdoor cafe where we could watch the people and the cars. Within ten minutes we witnessed a scene so typically French it could have come from a movie. Leaning around the the turn, as only French cars do, came a Citroen Mehari driven by a man in his sixties, long gray… Read more »
David Harbin
David Harbin

My dad was working at the US consulate in Lyon in 1961. He got bored with the Peugeot 403 that he was driving, and went to Paris to purchase a new Mercedes 190SL. That was his bachelor car, used on the Cote d’Azur and elsewhere in Europe.

Jono51
Jono51

The Anglia was , in fact, very cool.

Rob Blasdel
Rob Blasdel

Your best bet is to ditch Paris, head over to Gare de Lyon, catch the train to Mulhouse, check in at Hotel Du Parc and spend a minimum of three days traversing the interior of [u]THE[/u] Museum a la Brothers Schlumpf.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger
Ahhh .. Paris . At least we’ll always have Paris . Well …. hopefully anyway ….Err … yeah …. hopefully . So what’d be on my To-Do list ? Avoid the tourist destinations , restaurants and hotels like the plague …. finding some funky well maintained hideaway in one of the quieter arrondisements .. indulging ourselves at many of the New Wave yet classic mindset casual Bistros that have sprung up of late .. stuffing ourselves to the gills with some of the best pastries and breads in the world while hopefully finding a decent cup of coffee [ the… Read more »
Shane Carney
Shane Carney

You’ve just summed up my Paris. Yes the museums are nice and the sights wonderful but that’s how you truly enjoy Paris.
Go with no plan to see anything and you’ll find the real Paris. The Paris of van Gogh Fitzgerald Hemingway Picasso dali Cole and Stein

Sadly there’s an awful lack of alfas there but the old citroens, pugs and renaults make up for it

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