• Posted:Monday, January 4, 2010
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Bike your way around Paris to see the real city

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Bike your way around Paris to see the real city
I like to consider myself a bit of an outside-the-box thinker, never been a fan of the cliche. As such, I tend to look for something a little different when I'm on my travels - steering clear of the typical tourist sports in order to see the heart and soul of the world's great cities.

Of course, the historical landmarks of the likes of Paris are must-sees for anyone booking hostel travel to either one, but after my first trip I found myself wanting to experience more.

Imagine my delight, then, to discover that someone has come up with a quirky way of touring the French capital. Those of you despairing that you missed the New Year's Eve spectacular that saw the Eiffel Tower lit up like a Christmas tree can take comfort in the fact that if you're staying in a Paris hostel between March and November you can see the real city on two wheels.

Karen Pate of the Oregonian has described her experience of Bike About Tours - a company run by a New Zealander and an American who take groups (a maximum of ten people) on cycling tours.

And it's not a journey of landmarks, as the Kiwi - Paul Barron - explained that you can see those on your own. Instead, his aim is to show you the things you'd otherwise miss, like the 150-year-old exterminator's shop adorned with dead rats and the oldest cafe in the city.

At a cost of just €30 (£26.62), I know what I'll be doing during my next stay in cheap hostels in Paris!

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