04 May 2014 Life

A Paris cycling adventure

Shift lanes and pass the taxis

A gap in traffic opens up in the lane adjacent to you, and you pedal forward with gusto. In Paris, the rules of the road are not so much rules, but guidelines, you remind yourself. You smile to yourself, proud for feeling comfortable among the buses and taxis and delivery vans and motorcycles all cavorting about in this city.

You pass the Champs-Élysées—Clémenceau Metro station, with its imposing statue of a marching Charles de Gaulle. A vista opens up to your right, and you can see the glittering, ostentatious Alexandre III Bridge framing the gilded dome of the Hôtel des Invalides.

You might fancy a nice bike ride along the Seine. But if you turn now, you’ll miss the Luxor Obelisk.

Continue straight toward the Obelisk or Turn right and cycle along the Seine

Sam Nabi

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