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July 28th, 2006
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Paris, July 22, 2006 - Bicycling was a very appropriate way to see Paris, considering that we were there to see the Tour de France. But I'd recommend it no matter what sport you're in Paris to see. You'd probably look silly kicking a soccer ball all over town, or trying to arrange a modern pentathlon to get you to the sites. (Do they even do modern pentathlon in France? Or does it only exist every four years at the Olympics? I could look it up, but why bother?). So biking is the way to go.



Anyway, the bike tour (from a company called "Paris à vélo c'est sympa!") was one of the many awesome events that Sue's company arranged for us while we were there. There were about 40 people on the trip - some of Sue's clients, some of Sue's coworkers, and some lucky guests of people in the other two groups. About half of them signed up for the tour, and only nine actually showed up to do it. The rest all had second thoughts: too scary, too difficult, too hot, too whiny... Sue apparently works with a whole crew of nervous Nellies.



The ones who were brave enough to go all thought it was fabulous. It was easy enough to be appropriate for all ages and abilities, and most of the trip was on attractive, empty side streets. We'd bike for a few minutes, then we'd stop and listen to the attractive, friendly tour guide talk about where we were for a few minutes. Repeat for about two and a half hours; really, it was great fun.



And the heat wasn't much of a bother - once you're going, you get a nice breeze. It was probably the coolest I felt all weekend, actually. Every day it was sunny and in the 90's, and while the French *have* air conditioning, they don't seem to know how to use it. They'd cool the buildings (even the airport) down to, oh, about 85. Even a woman we met from Phoenix complained it was hot.



But back to biking: it was such a nice time that after it was over, I was ready to rent a bike for the rest of the weekend. Although I wouldn't have had much time to enjoy it; the weekend was packed with activities, about which I'll write more some other time...

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From:karinebou
Date:August 8th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)

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We certainly have some progress to make about Air Conditionning. Especially in the hospitals in the summer that become hotter and hotter. BUT, having Air Conditionned to a "normal" temperature, is a good idea. I hate to travel with my sweater in the summer in the US, I hate that it's colder in malls in the summer than in the winter (Americans would NEVER accept that cold a temperature in the winter) and it does make people sick such a temperature difference: Who lives the longest, the French or the Ricains, as we call them ??? Plus, the heat makes people sweat and lose weight. Isn't that great ??? Well, well...
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From:joeshlabotnik
Date:August 15th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)

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I do hate how the malls here in the US are so incredibly hot in the winter - I always have to leave my coat in the car. So there are pluses and minuses everywhere. Still, while I'm all for everyone losing weight, who wants to be in a store full of sweaty people?

The best (i.e. coldest) air-conditioning I found in France was at a Champion supermarket (which makes sense), in the basement of the Virgin Megastore on the Champs Elysées (which was kind of random), and in the business class lounge at the American Airlines terminal at Charles de Gaulle. (Funny that the rest of the airport was baking; I guess if you're only flying economy class, you don't deserve to be comfortable!)
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