A Warm and Fuzzy Day in Paris

On my last day in Paris, I was met by my partner Trish (The Travelphile) — who took all the photos in this post — and we had a delightful afternoon simply enjoying the city’s hottest new spot: the pedestrianized embankment of the Seine.

We figured out Paris’ wonderful and popular Vélib’ loaner bike system (you join for a couple euros and then can pick up and drop bikes at any of over a thousand racks around town). Then we reveled in the scene on two wheels. We were completely immersed in an “in-love-with-life” Parisian ambience, joining thousands of happy Parisians simply out and enjoying their new people zone. There were pop-up bars, picnickers galore, rock walls for the kids to frolic on, and a laid-back vibe that made everything warm and fuzzy.

Enjoying a favorite restaurant with two great Francophile travelers: Steve Smith and Trish Feaster.

This is Day 61 of my “100 Days in Europe” series. As I travel with Rick Steves’ Europe Tours, research my guidebooks, and make new TV shows, I’m reporting on my experiences across Europe. Still to come: Ireland, England, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, and more. Thanks for joining me here on my blog and via Facebook.