For those who do not know, the Velib, is the public cycle system in Paris, where you can hire a bike from a rack in the street and cycle for half an hour for free. Returning the bike to one of the many racks all over the city .After 30 minutes there is a charge which rises , the longer you have the bike. Of course the trick is to take out the velib ride for 30 minutes, put the velib back and take out another one..
The bikes are a bit heavy and only have three gears, but I very quickly get used to them and find them surprisingly easy to ride.
Paris is a very cycle friendly city, compared to my home town which is very hilly,( bit like Montmartre) , so Bolton does not attract may cyclists particularly women like me ” of a certain age” I am very much a minority ,( and considered a bit eccentric!) at home, where I use my bike for transport all the time. There are few cycle lanes and car drivers often just do not see cyclists. Hence I usually ride with safety helmet, high visiblity clothes and flashing lights on all the time. So it is wonderful to ride in a city where I am just one of many cyclists and I love the way French women and men just get on bikes in their ordinary clothes. Often you see very chic women with high heels cycling along the lanes.
Unfortunaltley I can’t get past my British “health and safety” mentality and just have to bring a safety jacket for cycling!
Not quite the same somehow!! LOL!
You can take out a one day (1.70euro) or 7 day subscription for 8euro, at the machine using a credit/debit card with chip or online. There are also longer term subscriptions. It is easy to use the machine, there is an English translation and you choose options from the screen using the keyboard and v for validate.
So I took out a velib and cycled from Republic along the canal St Martin, Canal Ourq, to Parc de la Villette. There I stopped to eat at the very overpriced cafe at the cite de la Music, a very good croque madame, but it cost 18 euro!. After a very interesting visit to the Bob Dylan exhibition at said Cite de la Music I cycled back along the canal and up rue de Crimee to Parc de Buttes Chamont. The most beautiful parc in Paris in my opinion. I returned back along the canal cycle path to Republique.
Here are some pictures.
Hostel on the canal, near the university.
Carousel at Parc de la Villette
Skateboard parc at parc de la Villette
I found amazing street art.
The beautiful Marie of the 19th arrondissement.
Pianos are all over Paris.
This young girl couldn’t wait to play.
..and was joined by her friends.
A wedding car waiting for the bridal couple, these people just wanted their photos taken!
Parc de Buttes Chamont, the most beautiful parc, especially in the sun.
Love from Paris
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