They are grey, ugly, and heavy, but there is nothing like like a ride down an empty Paris street in August to invigorate the soul and make you feel like you're in another age or time. ... The stations are only some 300 yards apart, and there are four times as many as there are subway stations, even in a city so well served by its metro system.
...Cost of the bikes, which are made in Hungary, is $3460 3 People have died in Velib accidents, a 7% increase over a year ago, but bike ridership is up 24% .
1. Ride a carrousel - I can think of four carrousels in Paris right off the bat. It's a kids paradise for carrousels. Some are clunky, just better than super-market level affairs (Square de Boucicaut near the Bon Marche), others are majestic in their "emplacement" (across the street from the Eiffel Tower), and others melancholy, like the one in the Tuilleries, which wouldn't surprise me if it played Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves) in the calliope version.