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Trip Report Vélib'ing around Paris – in a Day ('almost' for free)

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Vélib'ing around Paris – in a Day (almost for free)

Oui, je t’aime Paris et je t’aime beaucoup – Si chaque ville est une couleur, Londres est gris, Rome est jaune canari, Mykonos est blanc brilliant, et Paris doit être couleurs multipastel ~ :P

Vélib' is not new and it is an extensive, self-service bike rental network all over the city of Paris! Vélib' is not 100% free, you need a small subscription fee to register with a credit card, and then you could travel with a bike and then return it @ thousands of stations.
Some friends told me they have a problem with registration with their credit card @ the station. But for me, it worked like a charm. The first 30 minutes of releasing the bike (until you successfully plug it in) is free --- and so, I was in Paris, (and will be there again soon in June), and there was a day when my friends had “businesses” and I had a day to myself --- I made a plan to bike around Paris to see some of my fav spots in a day.
Since every first 30-minute was free, I, though, every spot had to be (almost) 30-min apart… wasn’t it that easy?
Okay, leisurely cycling, 30-min, rough estimate: maybe 1 to 2 miles, and 200 calories :P ?

Welcome to visit my blog for photos and details of my route of the day - http://wp.me/p5Lw9a-a0

1. 30 min! Lafayette – Le Louvre
My starting point was @ the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann (The Opera House) and then head to Le Louvre...

2. 30min! (But…) Place de la Concorde – Musée d’Orsay
... Ride on the bike again and I rode along La Seine, heading to Le Pont Royal, going to my next stop - Musée d’Orsay. But then, BAMMM. There were a few stations (as I remember) behind Orsay yet all the bike parking were full…. I had to wait for a spot and it took me like 15-20 minutes and so I couldn’t make it in time.... and
(p.s. I visited Paris again and again and it seems the available parking space has improved)

3. 30min! From Orsay to Invalides
I had a nice time and nice lunch in the museum, and time to wipe the unsuccessful memories in my storybook and hop on the bike to my next stop again....

4. 30+ min! Looking for the Eiffel
So there was always a time in a place when you have planned, but fate just didn’t seem to work out perfectly. After I walked through the Invalides I was in a stage of disorientation... Maybe it was because the Eiffel tower was so tall and big, it looked so close but to me it seemed forever....For one moment I felt like I was trapped in a maze…. I made it to the entrance of the Eiffel tower and of course, the queue was horrendous...

5. 30min! Musée Rodin
I could say this is the unexpected surprise of my day. Following the signs along the road, I arrived a small and elegant mansion right beside the Invalides. The garden is nicely cropped with Rodin’s masterpieces on display. I enjoy the ‘coziness’ of the museum very much.

6. 40 min! :P Back to Notre Dame ~
I had dinner plans with my friends and I had to meet them @ Le Centre Pompidou by 6! So it’s time for me to make one last stop and go all the way back to the Notre Dame.
It was a bit ambitious, so I didn’t make it within 30 minutes.... anyway, I returned the bike in one piece – Still have time to see street performances outside Pompidou before my friends arrived. p.s. Pompidou closes at 10 pm, so save it for last. Anyhooo… On the escalator up, I got to see a beautiful sunset!

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