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So last time we spoke we had been in Paris for just a few hours. Being such a good correspondent, we have already left. But that’s okay ‘cos now I get to put things down in a more ordered fashion than they actually happened.
So getting around Paris - it is pretty easy. If you are staying centrally, most stuff is within walking distance and you get to see some interesting stuff in the side streets, especially the food outside the tourist haunts. You actually get a similar thing riding a bike around. You can sign up for this great system called Velib – ‘free’ bikes – and pick up and drop off bikes all around town. If your trip is less than 30 minutes it is free and goes up reasonably after that. You have to use a credit card at the bike station to get on the system, but after that it’s off you go. Unfortunately for G the minimum age is 14. Instead we went on a Fat Tire Bike Tour. We went and saw some of the sights of Paris with Brian the guide, and got a run down on some of the history and some of the better places to go. (So do it early rather than on the last day like we did) They also do Segway tours – but again G is ripped off with a 12 yo limit. You can do hop on hop off tour of the sights on many buses too. This is good if you get lost easily – they take you to all the major sites .
Biker, Paris Style

Biker, Paris Style

End of the Fat Tire tour

End of the Fat Tire tour


If you want to get somewhere toute suite then go for the Metro System which criss crosses under the city. The trains turn up every 4 or 5 minutes so there is no waiting, which is useful as you usually have to change lines. We only used the buses once and it was fine, but in the centre they do get jammed in a bit.
Metro

Metro


Running is a good way to see some alternative sights – One morning I ran up (down?) the Seine from the Jardin des Plantes to Notre Dame and saw all the morning starters (most things get going around 10am) getting up and out. The river is very pleasant and it has been reorganised so there are walking paths right along the river for ages. Another day I ran across the river to the Promenade Plantee, an old elevated train track which has been planted out, and this goes right out to the Periphique, the Paris ring road. I got out that far, but don’t worry it’s not nearly as far out as Melbourne’s.
As we said last time there is a Batobus which is a hop on hop off service up and down the Seine from Jardins du Plants to the Eiffel Tower. Get on it early in the day as it is a calendar day, not a 24 hour day. But a good way to see the city and the river.
Or you can hire a car. Or not. The traffic is something else, not heavy but chaotic. Having said that, we think it has calmed down since last time, drivers are even obeying traffic lights! We hired a car to drive up to the Anzac service. L drove, I aggravated. (I had already planned our route out). The trip back in and trying to fight the one way system was quite an experience. We drove back in on a Sunday evening and the jams started 15kms out. When I was driving, allegedly I was always veering into the next lane.
The hire car

The hire car


So, nothing exciting there but hopefully something useful.
A bientot...
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Posted by lostagain 16:37 Archived in France Tagged transportation Comments (0)

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