Paris is a great city in which to get fit. Thanks to a handy app on my iPhone I know I walked over 30kms in two days.
Yesterday, however, we put our lives in the hands of Parisian motorists and used the Velib bicycles. It proved to be a highlight of our stay and the perfect way to see more of the city. Will was meeting with a colleague who lived in the 18th - Montmartre. I decided to go too, and explore the fabric shops in the area. Shannon from Petits Details had kindly given me the tip that it was a good area for fabrics (which I will tell you all about in a future post).
As most people would know, Montmartre is known for its wonderful views over Paris, which can only mean one thing. Getting there is uphill. I wish I'd done a few more spin classes before departure. And it was no great surprise that the velib stations at Montmartre were mostly empty. There weren't many people foolish enough to ride bikes to that point.
The motorists were very kind to us, giving way in all cases. This is most unlike Australia, where there is much media commentary on the aggression towards cyclists from motorists. I would highly recommend jumping on a Velib bicycle next time you're in Paris. We loved it, and it wasn't as hair-raising as we expected it might be. It's a very clever system.