If you've been in Paris during the past 2 years you've probably noticed that the city has now a lot of bikes on the streets. Not only the Velib, our free bike system, but also private bikes that Parisian now use really more than ever before. This weekend I was in London and I was happy to see that they also started last july with a free bike system like in Paris. The good thing about Velib is that you don't have to care about parking your bike. I think that the owner of the bike of today's photo found a quite nice parking place (not sure it's allowed by the way ...)
It's been a long time since I posted a picture of the Lady so on this Sunday bridge theme day I decided to show you the Bir Hakeim bridge crossing the river between 15th and 16th arrondissements. One of my favorite because of the subway riding on top and because of the lights.
This exhibition called "Paris d'Amour" took place in the City Hall building and though it ended last July 31th, the posters are still in place along the rue de Rivoli. Maybe because Paris is the city of love ...
Let's continue to have good time on the river bank with these people give a 10 minutes free relaxing massage. They are here every afternoon if weather is fine and I did try it for the first time last Sunday ! If you're in Paris you should absolutely go there. They're really good and on top of it where sitting on these little chairs you are facing ... Notre Dame Cathedral ! I also like this picture because I find the atmosphere of that warm Sunday afternoon on the banks.
Yesterday I finally managed to see the beautiful Willy Ronis exhibition that took place at the Monnaie de Paris building. It was ending that day and I really feel lucky not to have missed it. He was a fabulous photographer and the exhibition showed some famous pictures like the little Parisian boy with his baguette (see below) but also others less famous and still very touching. A real Master.
I am back from a week on the splendid Island of Corsica (French Mediterranean island) and to celebrate the Sunday bridge theme day here is a view of the Pont de Bercy at night.
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Velib, Paris free bike, is celebrating its 3rd birthday. Of course it is not perfect but it really didi change the city and it became the first transportation choice for many Parisian (I am one of them!).
Lots of big cities around the world also started their free bike system like recently in London. In France, the city of Lyon (south east) was the first to install these bikes and since Paris did it many other French cities joined the movement.
I took this picture last Sunday 1st of August near the City Hall where this car was passing by, going to a yearly event for old cars like this called "Paris au mois d'août". I especially loved the couple driving this car.
Yesterdya evening I went to have an "apéritif" (drink before diner) on Paris Plages and look what I saw : people dancing ! I posted a video of this nice moment if you want to enjoy more of the atmosphere : Dancing on Paris Plages
Paris Plages offers lots of free attractions like this up and down hills for young bikers. They really have great fun and it's especially great for kids who can't afford to go on vacation and don't even own a bike.
To start what will be a Paris Plages week, here is one of the entrance to the river banks. Usually it's a quite non stop traffic jam on this expressway entrance but for one month Parisians and visitors can slowly go down and enjoy. I could have used the plant pots for yesterday's bright colours theme day !