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Florence: Fueling Your Five Senses

A visit to Italy demands a visit to Florence. The city is recognized as the birthplace of the Renaissance and opera, the epicenter of the Tuscany Wine Region, and is a mecca of music, art and culture. Each of these factors contributes to its significant stature in the hierarchy of must-see Italian cities.. Get ready for an adventure of discovery that will satisfy and stimulate your senses as you tour Florence in your Kemwel car rental.


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Though many holidays and events , in name at least, are celebrated internationally, each hamlet, town and city finds unique twists to incorporate into these events to make it uniquely their own.

Scoppio del Carro, the Explosion of the Cart, is a Florentine tradition that harkens from the days of the First Crusade and has taken place each Easter since. All the pageantry of the 15th century is brought to life in the affiliated festivities with the main event being the procession of costumed participants who wend their way from the Porta al Prato to the Cathedral Square, the Piazza del Duomo. For five centuries, the same antique cart has been wheeled along this path, laden with pyrotechnics and set off in the shadow of the cathedral as the culminating event of the parade. Learn more about the symbolism, ceremony and superstition associated with this dynamic event on your visit to the beautiful city of Firenze.

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Scoppio del Carro, the Explosion of the Cart, an Easter Tradition.

Live performances offer an entirely different listening experience to prerecorded music. I’ve heard artists over the years on the airwaves, LP’s, 8-tracks, cassette tapes and cd’s, who have not interested me in the least, then attended a live performance which blew me away.

Opera isn’t for everyone, but considering the small fraction of people “comparative to the population” who have never actually attended a live opera, I would propose that even if you never go again, while in Florence, the mother-city of Opera, make time in your schedule to attend just once, and you may surprise even yourself.

While I have no illusions that any great number of people will be converted to opera junkies from attending a performance, the raw vocal power and storytelling dramatization are moving to hear and see.


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Touring the Tuscany wine region is a must!
We have somewhere in the vicinity of 10,000 taste buds that register each burst of sweet, sour, salty and bitter we consume. Tease your palate with the delicious flavors from some of Italy’s best wines produced in the Tuscany region, of which Florence is the heart.

Wine tastings are a daily opportunity within the city of Florence, but why stop there? A rental car in Florence allows you to take a break from the city and visit the vineyards and wineries where they’re produced as opposed to a storefront. There are families that have been in the business of grape transformation for generations, and others with burgeoning careers and expectations in the wine business, all whose passion for the fruit of the vine are waiting to be shared. Being able to speak to the winemakers and farmers who work hand-in-hand to produce these noble beverages has the potential to be an interesting and informative activity, while also offering the benefit of a picturesque drive through the stunning Tuscan countryside.


Don’t rely on only photos, keepsakes and knick-knacks to remind you of your time in Florence, consider getting your hands dirty in one of the many activities available that will add a new skillset to your repertoire.

Culinary classes can teach you how to make a traditional Italian dish from scratch in a single day, or how to create an entire meal in more intensive courses. Options for beginners and advanced cooking students are typically available. You can elevate the education by choosing a school that offers immersion courses, which means a crash course, or a refresher in the Italian language, as you’re mixing and measuring. Pasta is an integral part of Tuscan cuisine, and just one of the delicious foods file away in your recipe book.

While walking the halls of the plethora of galleries and museums, taking in the works of artists such as Michelangelo and Donatello, you may be moved to try your hand at painting, drawing or one of the other mediums of the fine arts. The streets of Florence are your classroom as instructors gather their pupils to draw inspiration from their surroundings to create a personal work of art, offering assistance along the way.

Italian wines are a coveted commodity across the globe. Whether you’re a connoisseur of the intricate nuances of wine and its terminology, or have a more basic appreciation for sampling new vintages without the highfalutin lingo, it’s not only a journey of taste, but of culture, tradition and beauty.


Florence - ScentWherever you go, you’re absorbing information from that environment through your five senses without conscious effort. Our senses work in harmony together, feeding us details that influence our impressions as we associate them with familiar and new, good and bad, from our collected experiences in the past.

Your sense of smell is the last of these tools by which you make your way through the world. The bouquet of the wine in your glass, the savory smell of basil and acidity of tomatoes, the scent of acrylic paint and dusty plaster, they’ll all be reminders of your time in Florence.

Kemwel is here to offer hints and tricks, insight and advice, into the realm of international travel to pave your way. Helping you create memories that will last a lifetime is part of what we do. Renting a car in Florence with Kemwel ensures you’re working with a company whose proven record in the highest quality customer service is not sacrificed by providing you the cheapest car rental rates . Do it yourself, using our secure online booking engine, or confirm your rental car with a Kemwel reservation specialist at 1-877-820-0668 today!

Day Trips Out of Paris

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The dictionary has been thoroughly exhausted of superlatives to extol the virtues of vacationing in Paris, so I am not going to try. I am, however, going to pull out some adjectives and adverbs to explain why your trip to France should include some French cities that ordinarily get lost in the shuffle next to their illustrious capital. Rent a car in Paris and day trip your way to these marvelous destinations, and discover more hidden gems along the way—here’s a peak at some lovely locales to add to your itinerary!

ReimsAppx. 144 kms. northeast of Paris

Less than two hours northeast of Paris, the city of Reims is located in the Champagne region, and is in fact one of the centers of champagne production.

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Champagne cellars and tunnels run beneath the city
The Villa Demoiselle is a masterpiece of taste, both a feast for your eyes and for your palette. This magnificent edifice was given a second lease on life when Vranken Champagne purchased the property and decided to make it the headquarters for their business, giving it a costly, but much needed restoration. A champagne tasting in the intimate interior of this charming structure is the perfect addition to an afternoon in Reims.

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The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Rouen rivals its Parisian counterpart.

Treat your taste buds further with dinner at Chez Nous. Ranked in the top tier of restaurants in Reims, the menu is simple and hearty fare of a traditional French variety. The prices are affordable, especially considering the ample amount of food provided. After a day of exploring Reims, your appetite should be amply ready to tuck into good meal.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris is a sight to behold, and no one can pass up photographing kilometer zero, located in the square facing its main entrance, but the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Reims could easily rival its Parisian counterpart for extraordinary gothic architecture, intricate stained glass windows and unique atmosphere. In its heyday, many monarchs held their coronations within the Reims Cathedral, only contributing to its impressive history.

Rouen Appx. 135 kms. northwest of Paris

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View the astronomical clock, the Gros-Gorlage.

Make your way to the cobblestoned Rue du Gros-Gorlage, where the historic atmosphere and bustle of modern-day commerce beg you to take a leisurely stroll for the photo opportunities and to window shop. Make sure your route takes you under the stone arch where one of the world’s last working astronomical clock the Gros-Horloge rests, after which the street is named.

Visitors to Rouen are undoubtedly familiar with Monet’s series of works depicting the Rouen Cathedral. The building was captured on canvas in a spectrum of light and shadow throughout the day, and varying weather conditions. One of these paintings can be found locally in Rouen’s fine art museum, while still more can be viewed in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The Cathedral itself lies conveniently along the path you’ll tread, by the great clock. The last factoid I’ll make mention of, is Rouen’s ties to saint and martyr, Joan of Arc, who spent her last days in captivity before being burned at the stake in the city. Numerous buildings bear her name and there are exhibits providing a more in depth history. Discover more about Rouen with a tour of its array of fascinating features that fairly scream quintessential French city.

Chartres Appx. 90 kms. southwest of Paris

Chartres may not have as many sights to recommend as some of its neighbors, but it is a town of beauty and significance nonetheless.

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Visit La Maison Picassiette, a home completely covered in mosaic tiles
The name Raymond Isadore would have no reason to stand out, but for the uniquely artful home he constructed, La Maison Picassiette. After building his abode in the traditional fashion through happenstance Isadore came across some pieces of colorful broken crockery and glass and was struck by an idea. This began a thirty-year project of collecting the kaleidoscope of pieces that he used to make a mosaic of both the interior and exterior of his home, including the furniture! You can tour his labor of love today, and perhaps gain some inspiration to dabble in a mosaic crafting project on your own, on a smaller scale.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral of Chartres is well known as the destination of an annual pilgrimage that takes place in June from the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. The Chartres Cathedral is yet another gothic architectural masterpiece of French history, in an exceptional state of preservation. Two contrasting spires dominate the skyline and the number of flying buttresses utilized in the construction provided the support for the original architects to create stained glass panels of a significantly larger proportion, adding to the exceptional detail. Chartres blue is a vibrant hue that was used in the first stained glass window creations using a method that countless glaziers have tried to replicate since to no avail, resulting in a difference in color between the old and new panels.

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Chartres en Lumière lasts from April through September
Chartres also offers a variety of eventful entertainment throughout the year. The Chartres en Lumière is a citywide event with an extended calendar. It takes place between the months of April and September, and bathes the city’s buildings and the sky in brilliant illuminations and scenography from dusk until 1:00 a.m.—an activity for a romantic evening out or a family driving tour.

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Renting a car in Paris with Kemwel allows you to day trip your way through the surrounding cities.
Diversify your travel options and experience an unparalleled level of independence with a Kemwel car rental. There are convenient pick-up locations in France across the length and breadth of the country like the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Setting up your car rental in France is a snap with our secure online booking engine, and if you have further questions please contact one of our knowledgeable rental car agents at 1-877-820-0668.

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Discover Driving Routes with Curb Appeal

There’s nothing worse than a seemingly endless landscape of mundane scenery that makes you want to fall asleep rather than look at it. If you’re going to be on extended car ride, you want a road with an eye-catching panorama of scenery and the speakers full of your favorite driving tunes. When you’re choosing your next travel destination remember, one of life’s many pleasures is a long drive that offers plenty of curb appeal.

Great Ocean Road
No Maps Necessary

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From Torquay to Allansford, Australia’s Great Ocean Road is without a doubt the largest and most beautiful soldier’s war tribute in the world. It has a fascinating history of creation from the labor of surviving servicemen who returned home after World War I. From the limestone stacks of the Twelve Apostles rising up from the ocean, to Bells Beach, where surfers vie for the right to tame the next turquoise wave, you’ll find a seemingly endless paradise to explore in and out of your Kemwel car rental.

While you can finish the length of the Great Ocean Road in one day, why push yourself? Underwater shipwrecks, walking trails, warm sands to dig your toes into, and lighthouses with panoramic views are just a few of the reasons to hit the breaks and put the car in park. If you are more of a motor enthusiast as opposed to someone who likes to get out and smell the proverbial roses, the undulation of the roadway that takes you around tight corners and over seaside cliffs may encourage you to finish the drive in one day, but I hope you don’t.

Napoléon Route Say Yes to a GPS

Curb Appeal SisteronThe town of Sisteron along Route Napoléon

Close to 200 miles of smooth asphalt retrace the historic route of Napoléon between the cities of Grenoble and Antibes. An exciting stretch of road that takes you through the diverse terrain of quaint French towns nestled amidst alpine peaks, past abandoned fortresses and through forests to the Cote d’Azur. The numerous hairpin turns can be exhilarating for some and daunting for others. This route is often traversed by drivers who enjoy putting the pedal to the metal looking to make record time. For the leisurely driver, make a stop in Grasse, which has the prestige of being recognized as the world’s perfume capital. In Sisteron, where the sun shines an average of 300 days a year, visit the once defensive medieval citadel. The Naval Museum of Napoléon can be found in Antibes, as well as museums dedicated to Picasso and the liqueur absinthe. The road is still marked in places by gilded statues of the Imperial French Eagle, but it is recommended to plan your route utilizing a GPS.

The Romantic Road Rekindling the Flame

Fairytale Neuschwnstein Castle overlooks the valley

Cultivated in the 50’s, with hopes of rekindling the flames of German tourism, some enterprising souls recognized the untapped potential in the hundreds of miles of highway between Würzburg and Füssen. From the ashes of wartime the Romantic Road was borne. It began with the loved-ones of American troops who were stationed locally, coming abroad to visit and taking the driving tour. From then on, the tide could not be stemmed, and in modern the Romantic Road lures lovers-lane hopefuls and families along its winding length by the thousands each year.

Beautiful and formidable looking castles straight from a child’s fairytale, medieval events with costumed knights and ladies, traditional German festivals and wineries line the way.

Transfăgărășan Check Your Brakes
TransfagarasanTransfăgărășan passes through the Carpathian Mountains

The twists and turns of Transfăgărășan, also known as Ceausescu’s Folly after ruler Nicolae Ceausescu, takes you into the highest reaches of the mysterious Carpathian Mountains. Painstakingly carved by the military to use as an access road, today, the devilish turns and steep climes over-looking sheer drops are all part of the exciting challenge for motorists and cyclists who travel through the wild beauty of the Carpathians. Enjoy a peaceful picnic lunch by Balea Lake, or near the thundering Balea Waterfall, which can both be reached from Transfăgărășan. This is not a highway for speed, but care and concentration, so if you want to snap a photo of any of the spectacular cloud-line views, pull over.

With this selection of heart-racing, ambling and historic drives, you’re sure to put your Kemwel car rental through its paces. When you’re searching for destination ideas and travel advice, check out our weekly blog! Kemwel makes international travel easier with information, insight and of course, the cheapest rental cars to get you everywhere you want to go—Reserve your next rental car online today!

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