Bikes For Rent
It's called Velib... and it's Paris' genius rent-a-bike program, brainchild of the mayor. For a few coins, you hop on a bike, ride it to wherever you need to be - and park that puppy in the undoubtedly nearby docking station. Miss the last subway train at 1am? Rent a bike! Late night of clubbing, no taxis handy? Use the Velib! Don't want to have your own bike ripped off or worry about where to park it? Voila! A lovely rental bike is just waiting to roll to your destination.
How much does revenue does it pull in? I just read an article from 2007 that claimed $28 million for that year.
I love smart ideas.
Creperie on the Rue de Roquette
The black and white stripes of the crosswalk reminded me of the cover of the Beatles' Abby Road album. Remember that? Then there was the cobblestones reflecting the lights, the lady on her cell phone, the folks inside getting their crepes.
Just one of those moments in time that's here for a second... and then gone.
But now... here.
You get my drift.
Rue de Lappe, Paris
You could almost hear the music from the 1930's dance halls pouring out onto the street. Almost. This street was famous for them back in the day. Here in the Bastille neighborhood of Paris, Rue de Lappe is still quite the lively nightspot. With any number of bars, cafes, creperies, restaurants and clubs to choose from... you can keep going into the wee hours, whether you're eating, drinking... or shooting crazy HDR photographs!