There are a number of ways to get around Paris and the first to come to mind is typically the metro.
Without question, the metro is the easiest way to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Not only that, but it’s one of the quintessential Paris experiences… you’ve just got to try it at least once!
That being said, it need not be your only choice for sightseeing your way around the capital. Did you know that you can rent a bicycle for either short rides (which can be very inexpensive) or for several hours (the price, of course, increases according to rental length).
…a contraction of:
vélo (french for “bike”) + liberté (freedom)
As the name suggests, it gives you the freedom to visit Paris in a different way… many would say “a more romantic way”.
That being said… while cycling through the streets and up the avenues sounds like a wonderfully romantic thing (and it is… when there’s no traffic), it can also be somewhat stressful when regular Parisian traffic is present (and it almost always is!).
In my book, Paris 3 Days No Stress, I give you 10 options for fairly low-traffic yet sight-rich bike rides around the French capital, allowing you to experience the romance of biking without the stress of heavy traffic… allowing you to get the most possible enjoyment of the experience.
If you are planning to bike around Paris, don’t assume that all open, grassy areas welcome cyclists. Although wide open areas like the Champ de Mars, the esplanade in front of the École Militaire or the Tuileries gardens may be very inviting, you need to watch for signs prohibiting bikes. There may be external pathways where bikes are permitted, but bikes may not be permitted in the parcs themselves (such is the case for the Tuileries gardens).
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