The history of Argenteuil can be traced all the way back to 697. It's believed that it derived its name from the mirror-like surface of its river. It was once a convent, but today, it's where Parisians go to reacquaint themselves with Mother Nature. If you've ever wanted to see the scenery that inspired Monet, Renoir and Braque, this is where you'll find it. Monet's Bords de la Seine a Argenteuil is perhaps the best-known painting of the region. Despite its rustic ambience, local restaurants are adventurous, preparing dishes from as far afield as Mexico and Italy. Its roadside cafes are perfect for people-watching away from Paris' more touristy boroughs, and there are few places quite as spectacular for viewing the Seine. The closest Enterprise Rent-A-Car office can be found on the N12, but there are also branches closer to Paris if you're flying in.