Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Springtime, and even Suburbia can look pretty

A picture taken during my first notable bike excursion of the season, 40 miles on the bank of a canal and through the north-eastern suburbs of Paris:

The Canal de l'Ourcq in Aulnay-sous-Bois, last Sunday, around Noon.

One mile North from this point, huge housing projects, ugly malls and factories being dismembered. Real life always lurks.


Teresa said...

40 miles? Would that be flat miles? ha I once did 15, but hey, there were some hills in there! Now, my cross-country bike spends more time leaning against the stairs in my foyer. Poor bike.

I recently read Hemingway's, Moveable Feast. Makes me want to go back to Paris, rent an apartment, and live like a local for a while (which means I'd get to drink lots of wine, right?).

Chris said...

Beautiful pic. I would love to visit France.

Thanks for visiting my site the other day. I greatly encourage foreigners (non-Americans) to visit.

I'm going to try and keep the site's attention on international relations. Occassionally I will slip.

Since your visit, I have added some posts from my old site to Political Notio. When you get time check them out, I would like your feedback. You might have to scroll down the page a bit.

Thanks again.

Le Plume said...

lucy: mostly flat, yeah. Half of it was along a canal, and those which usually avoid going up and down hills ;-) And my bike is not the mountain type (not a racing bike either, although it is shaped like one): much more efficient if you want to go some distance.
mj: you're welcome. I'll answer to you latest post on Political Notio tomorrow since it's pretty late already and my wife is reminding me (quite correctly) that I'm supposed to do my share of housework...
both of you: France is definitely worth a visit. You'd probably be at the same time pleased with what you see and disappointed - for instance, I'm sorry to say, the only parties where wine is the main beverage are usually English-speaking parties. Diffrent story if you're invited for a meal of course. Oh, and by the way, I'm a pretty regular visitor to the US, and I do like it a lot there.