never happier than when i am cycling, i tried my hand (and feet) on the public bicycles available all over paris. for one euro, you get 24 hours of blissful cruising around the city, and when you tire of it all, you deposit the bike in any number of conveniently located stations. this perfect warm summer day was ideal for such an exercise, and except for montmartre, the city is quite level, making for easy and leisurely riding. despite the hordes of tourists this time of year, i easily navigated my way safely around the city. overall, the french respect cyclists, and give them a wide berth. after all, they created the mother of all bike races - the tour de france ~
every city needs such a program!