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A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words: France

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A picture is worth a thousand words,” is a well-known phrase that has been circulated for years. This expresses in a simple and effective manner how individuals can view the very same picture, or scene, and afterwards, have a different interpretation of what it’s trying to convey.

France is, without a doubt, a picture-perfect destination from its tantalizing cuisine, exquisite architecture, cultural events and activities.

Let Kemwel pique your curiosity with pictures and (almost) one thousand words, as we invite you to make France the destination for your next vacation!

A Taste is Never Enough
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Cuisine is a delicate balance of tastes and visual appeal, and in France, both are delivered with an incredible level excellence.

Feast on warm, golden-hued baguettes and flaky croissants topped with fruity jams and butter for breakfast. Snack on brightly colored macaroons and delicate crepes with scrumptious fillings in the afternoon—these are a meager example of the delightfully sweet and savory panoply of tastes that await your palette. Make sure you leave plenty of room in your travel budget for dining out, as throughout the country, from quaint towns to popular cities, France offers a foodie Mecca that you’ll barely scrape the surface of.

While in France, though it’s not precisely French, I highly recommend you look up the closest Amorino Gelateria. Their sign, painted with the figure of the chubby little cherub, will let you know you’ve found the right place. Their gelato is an attractive, sweet treat and you’ll see numbers of people snapping photos of their dessert as the gelato is carved in petal-like slices that are used to create artful florets on your sugar cone. My siblings and I found the dual combination of Tiramisu and Mango Alonso d’India difficult to pass up in favor of further flavorful options on our decadent daily visits to this establishment while in Paris.

When it comes to wine production, France is the number one annual producer on an international level. There are an extensive variety of vintages that you will only find in France, while others are manufactured and shipped across the world. Most French wines are created with food pairings in mind, but even imbibed alone, they are delectable. While I could extol the wonderful taste sensations that await you, why not find out for yourself?

Awe-Inspiring Art & Architecture
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You could spend the next 365 days touring the awe-inspiring architecture, museums and galleries in France and not come close to seeing it all.

The Louvre in Paris is a marvel of beauty both inside and out. Tens of thousands of antiquities collected from France, and around the world, as temporary and permanent installations, have made the Louvre an attraction of incomparable value to Paris. Photos with tourists posed outside of the Louvre Palace and the Great Louvre Pyramids flood the pages of books, magazines and social media twenty-four hours a day.

Flying buttresses were a relatively new concept when the Cathedral of Notre-Dame was built. Due to their sturdy functionality, matched with attractive symmetry, they are a feature incorporated into Notre-Dame’s construction as it was continually expanded. In the composition above, featuring two of the stone chimère of the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the figure of Stryge and demon appear to look out over the city of Paris, as if strategizing over a chess board. A series of carved gargoyles also grace the reaches of this striking edifice. The French Gothic cathedral holds further value to tourists who wish to visit the place where certain holy relics are believed to be protected. France’s Kilometre Zero can be found facing the primary entrance to the cathedral.

The intricate stained glass windows of La Sainte-Chapelle send a kaleidoscope of color and shapes across the interior of the church when rays of light shine through. These thirteenth century masterpieces are one of the most extensive and well-maintained of their kind in the world.

The exterior of Château de Chaumont could easily be considered the embodiment of every girl-child’s fairytale castle fantasy. Built between the cities of Tours and Blois, the Château is open to the public and hosts a series of installations from contemporary artist and also features events like the International Garden Festival.

Château de Versailles is unquestionably worth a full day-trip to explore the palace and grounds. The vivid murals, crystal chandeliers and arched windows of the Hall of Mirrors, the artfully designed and maintained park and gardens are some of the eye-catching spaces you’ll discover on a visit to Versailles.

Events & Activities
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Late spring through the summer is the dominant season for European travel. The number of sunshiny days that, with an abundance of endorphin charging vitamin D grows, and the variety of outdoor activities and events increases substantially as well.

The Cannes Film Festival (Le Festival International du Film de Cannes) needs no formal introduction as one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. It takes place in May in the maritime city of Cannes along the French Riviera offering. In June, rent a car in Lyon and drive just south of the city to the town of Annonay, where they annually commemorate the flight of the first hot air balloon with a the L’Art de l’Envol Festival that’s always soaring to greater heights. Paris is the place to be in July for
La Fête Nationale, or Bastille Day, as it’s also known. As the holiday approaches, the people of Paris are well-prepared for a celebratory extravaganza of titanic proportion. The St. Louis Festival in August offers jousting with a twist, as the jousters make passes at each other in oared boats along the Royal Canal in Sète.

Getting Around France
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Kemwel is here to help you to make the most of your Tour de France with a Kemwel car rental! We offer a diverse fleet of vehicles from mini to nine-passenger vans to fit any itinerary and setting. If you’re planning to visit France for twenty-one days or more, you can benefit from the transportation partnership between Kemwel and Peugeot!

Our secure, online booking engine is an excellent way to confirm your vehicle quickly, and we guarantee that you’re receiving the cheapest rate! Still have questions? Contact a Kemwel reservation specialist at 1-877-820-0668 today!


A Day in Spain is Never Spent in Vain

There’s nothing like startling yourself awake with the frantic thoughts of being late for work before coming to the realization that you don’t have to be anywhere… because you’re on vacation! If your travel planning takes you to the lively, lovely and scintillating country of Spain this spring, Kemwel is here to give you the keys to freedom and flexibility with our impeccable car rental services available throughout the continental and island cities of Spain.

In the City Barcelona Busy Around the Clock

Barcelona is a thriving coastal city with a bustling day and nightlife. A visit before the peak summer season will cut down on your competition in experiencing all the city has to offer.

Music lovers will enjoy the Festival Guitarra, which lasts between February and June. Classic Spanish guitar styles and international acoustic sounds fill the air with feverish picking and slowly strummed strands. While not typically associated with producing frothy beverage goodness as countries like Germany and Belgium, in April the Barcelona Beer Festival will surprise you with the selection of not only international brews, but locally crafted beer that you wont’ find outside the country.

Spain Newsletter selfie in Guell ParcTake a self portrait in Parc Guell, Barcelona

Gaining more acclaim on the world stage is Parc Güell in Gràcia, where the manicured gardens and walkways are graced with the detailed architectural artworks of Antoni Gaudi. A stroll down the central boulevard, Les Rambles, offers excellent people watching, both of fellow tourists and city natives, but veer off this thoroughfare if you’re looking to quench your thirst or grab a light bite for more quality and cost-effective options. The best place to get one of the major delicacies quintessentially associated with Spain, the tapa, is in the region of Andalusia where tapas originate, but you can still find some delectable versions in Barcelona. Museums and galleries will offer respite from the constant buzz of people on the streets and another perspective of art and beauty for you to ruminate on. It’s easy to venture out at night and not return to your hotel until the wee hours of the morning with the glittering city nightlife, but dress to impress, as you never know where your evening will take you. There are some clubs and restaurants where you don’t want to be spurned at the entrance for simply not meeting the dress code.

Spain Newsletter Barcelona ParcParc Guell, mosaics and architecture

Your car rental opens the doors to the wondrous city of Barcelona and the scenic splendor of greater Spain. It will take more than one visit to sate your curiosity after sampling what this country has to offer!

The Islands Canary Islands Fallen Cultures & Natural Beauty

Like many who flock to the shores of the Canary Islands, your primary objective in visiting could be to avail yourself of the luxurious resorts, ocean sports and other man-made amenities. But while you’re planning how long to stay and which islands to visit, consider in your evaluation how many diversions of natural beauty and historical interest there are to see.

Spain Newsletter Guanche Warrior StatuesGuanche Warrior Statues in Candalaria

On the island of Tenerife, in Candalaria, thousands of pilgrims travel to the basilica, which houses the figure of the Black Madonna, while on the sea wall. The  imposing statues, depicting the fallen Gaunche race, stand alert and on guard as if to protect the city from incumbent threats. Fuerteventura is known as haven for adventurous spirits that would master the waves, but as you move away from the concrete hotels and businesses that line the coast, there are some truly picturesque landscapes to traverse. Both La Palma and Tenerife have impressive observatories if you’d like to take advantage of the clear evening skies and do some stargazing.

Shake the sand off your swimsuit and abandon the beach for a bit! Renting a car on Tenerife and the other Canary Islands is a snap with Kemwel, ensuring you’ve got the means to discover these alternative attractions.

Traditions Sevilla April Fair Feria de abril de Sevilla

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Sevillianas are a local folk dance

You’ll find no lack of festivals and fanfare in Spain as spring approaches, from small villages to major cities such as Madrid. One example is the glorious fiesta that takes place each spring is the Sevilla April Fair. This convivial atmosphere envelops you in the intrinsic culture and traditions of this sparkling Spanish city! On the banks of the Guadalquivir River, natives and tourists stroll in and out of the gaily decorated casetas (marquee tents) and spill out of the entrance gates taking the party into Sevilla’s streets. Everywhere you turn, there is a brightly arrayed sea of people enjoying the temperate spring weather, sipping on various vintages of Spanish-crafted fino Sherry and nibbling on warm tapas. Garbed in classic traje corto style, men don smart short coats, slim fitted trousers and boots, while the ladies wear vibrantly colored and patterned flamenco style dresses. This may help you identify a knowledgeable partner who can teach you the dance steps to the popular Sevillianas. The term Sevillanas refer to both the style of folk music and the conventional dances that accompany them. The songs echo the theme of a simple, but rich life: love, hearth and home, rural living and faith—but as with all music, you don’t need to understand the lyrics to appreciate the dance. Since you’ve already shed your guise as spectator, why not rent a buggy to join the horse and carriage parade?

The Lingo No hablo español?

One of many things that I love about traveling is the opportunity to increase my linguistic skills. While my Spanish is far from fluent, being cognizant of this fact and a willingness to continue trying to bridge the language barrier regardless has served me very well. So next time you’re out of your comfort level and on someone else’s turf, pick up a travel phrase or guidebook, particularly if you don’t have a traveling companion to be your language liaison. Even if you’re starting from ground zero and attempting to properly articulate the phrases provided, keep trying and do it with a smile on your face! You’ll often find that your efforts will go a long way in making new friends and acquaintances who, in turn, are happy to correct your verbal missteps, as you valiantly attempt to use their language.

A car rental in Spain with Kemwel gives you the freedom to tour this illustrious country at pace that suits your individual needs. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, as a couple, or are adventuring as a solo traveler, we have an extensive fleet of vehicles to choose from and relevant driving information so you’re safe on the highways and byways of Spain. Confirm your car rental in a few easy steps with our secure online booking engine today!


Love is Another Language

The world is full of historical and fictionalized chronicles of love and romance that both fuel the imagination and tug gently at our heartstrings. Whether your idea of expressing endearment is of the traditional variety with the gift of a card, roses and candy, or an inspiring international trip to Romeo & Juliet’s Verona, at Kemwel, we always have a few tips to speed you on your way!

Je t’amie Means I Love You

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The splashes of red represent the renewal of love

Frederic Baron has spent much of his life writing musical stanzas illuminating the wonder and beauty of being in love. However, it wasn’t until he began a collection of notebook pages filled with the words I Love You written in hundreds of other languages that he found his own true labor of love. On the often roamed and romanticized streets of Paris, Baron visited the homes of friends and neighbors, international embassies and any place else he could think of to ask people to write the important three little words in their native tongue. He collected thousands of scrawled “I Love Yous” in hundreds of languages before he enlisted the talents of Claire Kito, an artist well-versed in Chinese calligraphy to bring his vision to life. From their collaboration, the Wall of I Love Yous was borne. Nestled in the Abbesses garden in Montmatre, couples from around the world come to visit the site that celebrates the transcendence of love in any language.

Paris, France is the superlative travel destination for those already in the throes of romantic love, as well as those in search of love. Rent a car with Kemwel in Paris and surprise the partner of your heart with a stop at the Wall of I Love Yous, and a whirlwind tour of one of the most  romantic cities in the world.

A Valentine By Any Other Name

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Brazil is a scintillating destination for couples in any season

If you’re feeling lackadaisical about Valentine’s Day, or are simply so intensely enamored by your other half that you’ll use any excuse to express it, start a new tradition and surprise someone you love by introducing them to the Brazilian version of the holiday Dia dos Namorados. The Day of the Enamored is celebrated mid-year on June 12th, and much like Valentine’s Day, couples will make special plans and exchange tokens of affection. Homes and streets are decorated in a profusion of vibrant colors, while people gather together and dance sultry sambas, eat, drink and revel in festive folk activities planned for the occasion. While Saint Valentine and Cupid dominate the realms of romance in the Northern Hemisphere, in the Latin American country of Brazil, Saint Anthony is the patron of eu te amo and blesses couples with a fruitful and joyous marriage.

Latin America is a scintillating destination for couples in any season, and a rental car in Brazil allows you to explore the dynamic cityscapes like Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, and small towns off the beaten path. Dia dos Namorados is also celebrated in Portugal on February 14th, where the brilliance of Portuguese culture is infused with a European flair.

A Kiss for Luck

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For a courtier’s tongue, kiss the Blarney Stone

One of the many ways that we ardently express admiration of another is with words—through terms of spoken endearment, lines of poetry, verses in songs, and a panoply of other means in an attempt to relay our heartfelt emotions and intentions. If the spirit is willing, but you find that the words won’t come, perhaps a visit to the Blarney Stone, just a short drive from Cork, Ireland is in order. A bit of gusto and bravery is required to gain your silver tongue! Hanging upside down from the Battlements of Blarney Castle you must plant your lips on the Blarney Stone, which is purported to bestow the gift of eloquence to the kisser. Woo your fair damsel, or beau, with the tongue of a courtier and spend the rest of your Irish interlude on the road to discovery.Love - Couple looking out over city_154822031

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