Distances walked in Paris

Apr 28th, 2008, 03:58 AM
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Jeanne -
I agree. For my next trip, I will definitely study the bus routes more closely prior to the trip. Actually, I also have some trouble with one of my knees, but I guess I walked through the stiffness. I did not find I had any difficulty with my knees. And, I also spent the last 3 months on the treadmill for an hour three times a week. I'm just not sure anything can help a fifty something get through 9-10 hours of walking without some pain. lol
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Apr 28th, 2008, 04:04 AM
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The price is 1 EUR for the first 30 minutes.
Vélibí is a Self Service "bike hire" system available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Actually the price is 1 euro for 24 hours. Use for less than 30 minutes is free once you have paid the initial fee. However, you are charged extra if you go over 30 minutes. This is never necessary since there are 1500 Vélib stations in the city, about every 300 meters, so you can change to another bike when you reach the 30 minutes limit (however, the machine will usually make you wait 4-5 minutes before releasing a new bike).
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Apr 28th, 2008, 05:46 AM
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Do yourself a real favor and put Spenco insoles in your shoes. Been using them for forty years--no blisters on the bottoms of my feet--and I've walked a jillion miles on golf courses, cobblestones, alpine meadows, Amalfi stairways, littered sidewalks, and cathedral aisles.


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Apr 28th, 2008, 05:56 AM
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Lady: Take your 50-something and add 10 years to it. I'm an oldie! Sounds to me like you're doing everything right. First timers should copy your routine.

Look for Robespierre's old thread on using the bus in Paris. That's where I learned. It's not as much about studying the routes as it is about learning to read the maps. I still get confused, especially over the off-hours or Sunday schedules.

Just accept that the only difference between metro and bus is that there are lots more bus routes. It's the same concept.
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Apr 28th, 2008, 06:07 AM
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I'm very interested in renting a bike, I will be in Paris next thurs, if anyone has more info on how it works please let me know. I checked the website but my french is very limited. How do I rent the bike?
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Apr 28th, 2008, 06:07 AM
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I killed my feet in Rome a few years ago. No blisters, but the bottoms of my feet were in agony.

I was fit and in my 20s, so I was very surprised at how painful my feet got by day 2 of all day walking. I had to go rest at the hotel while my DH (BF at the time) toured the coliseum. Boo!

I packed "fashion" sneakers, but I found myself at the Florence Foot Locker by about day 5, feeling very foolish that I left my Nike running shoes at home.

They are going with me to France next month. I will look like a tourist anyway, right? Also, we will be much better about utilizing public transportation.
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Apr 28th, 2008, 09:39 AM
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The bike rental machines only take Visa and Master Cards with a microchip. However, they reputedly take American Express cards as well, which do not have a chip. I have not yet found anybody who can confirm this.
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Apr 28th, 2008, 10:53 AM
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kerouac - This article is a first person account of successfully using Velib' with an American Express card:


(Chicago Tribune, April 13, 2008)
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Apr 28th, 2008, 10:58 AM
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AyQueHago, the Velib website is available in English and Spanish. Oddly, the homepage stays in French, but the top menu and the pages it leads to are in the other language. See:

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Apr 28th, 2008, 12:19 PM
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Roll your foot on a frozen water bottle or try this:

foot and plantar fascia massage-stretch

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Apr 28th, 2008, 01:27 PM
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We walked everywhere in Paris in November because the metro/busses were on strike. We were also with a tour group (NETC) with 30+ teenagers and 5 adults so just sitting in the cafe for a few hours was not an option except for "free days."

I actually enjoyed seeing the city that way. Our guide was very good and knew how to get from point A to point B most efficiently. I wore Merrell shoes and had no foot problems, however others on the trip did complain. We averaged 5~6 miles a day and I actually lost 7 pounds on the trip!
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Apr 28th, 2008, 01:56 PM
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>>We averaged 5~6 miles a day and I actually lost 7 pounds on the trip!<<

Now you see, I might be able to accept this foot misery-- had there been some side benefit. However, I came home gaining 5 pounds-- had to have been those daily baguettes! lol
And my daughter Renee swears ghe washer dryer shrunk her jeans--too funny...
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Apr 28th, 2008, 11:22 PM
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I always lose weight in Paris..walk 5-6 miles per day..........
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Apr 29th, 2008, 09:41 AM
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I've found an excellent website designed specifically for calculating the exact distance of any walk or run anywhere: try http://gmap-pedometer.com

Very accurate, quick and easy to use; great for joggers.
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Apr 30th, 2008, 06:18 AM
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Thank you PatrickLondon & Yen... I shall bring my AMEX. After reading the article, I have a question. Is it supposed to be that we rent the bikes for only 30 mins and return it or can you keep it longer? Will they charge a lot if you do?
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Apr 30th, 2008, 06:31 AM
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You can take the bikes over and over again but you will charged if you keep them longer than 30 minutes at a time. It will all become clear once you start using the system.
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