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