Paris – the city of love, fashion, and the Eiffel Tower. But also a great place for cycling! Instagram pro Joanna Lemanska aka miss coolpics saddles up on the smart ebike to show us her favorite spots around the French capital.
What’s your favorite place to experience the city’s history?
Paris is full of beautiful, world-famous historic spots. To choose just one is no easy task. But Avenue de l’Opéra is certainly among the best with its impressive facades and magnificent opera. Beautiful architecture, broad expanses, and many luxury shops easily make this avenue the most elegant street in Paris. It’s definitely one of the city’s best historic spots for taking photos and doing some cycling.
And what’s your favorite spot that represents the city’s future?
Many people tend to imagine the future as a futuristic space, filled with glass skyscrapers, concrete, and modern features. To me, what represents the city’s future is far removed from this clichéd vision. I see the city’s future in small, local communities, sustainability, and self-sufficiency. I’d say, modern trends are more about growing your own crops in shared gardens or even keeping small animals, like chickens or bees, and of course about cycling and electric cars.
You can catch a glimpse of this kind of urban village life at several places around Paris. One of my favorites is Rue Crémieux with its small, colorful houses, gardens and flowers, cats and calmness – this place has it all! At the same time, the number of such spaces continues to increase (not only in Paris) and I truly believe that they herald the city’s future.
Where in Paris do you feel the strongest sense of freedom?
I can hardly think of a more liberating sensation than going down Rue Rivoli on my bike. It’s a great, fast sunset ride – arcades passing by and beautiful architecture all around – that embodies the pure pleasure of cycling.
Space is precious in a metropolis like Paris. Can you show us a creative use of space in your city?
Paris is a city with a very compact structure. At several million residents, the building density is slowly reaching its limits. At the same time, free leisure spaces of all kinds are getting increasingly important. One of the best examples of creative space use is definitely Colonnes de Buren, found just next to the Jardin du Palais Royal park. This conceptual work of art involves a grid imposed on the courtyard, with intersections marked by candy-striped, black and white columns of different heights. Designed to conceal ventilation shafts of a nearby building, the work remains controversial among Parisians, but over time it became a playground, meeting point, and place to chill out. It’s a great example of art in urban space, where creativity meets usefulness for the city’s residents.
During your Paris ebike tour, where did you most enjoy the extra boost from the smart ebike electric engine?
The answer is definitely: Montmartre. It’s one of the most picturesque parts of Paris, yet also the biggest challenge for cyclists. You’d be hard-pressed to find another place in the city with so many steep streets, stairs, and narrow, uphill passages. Cycling through Montmartre without any electric assistance could quickly become a real nightmare. With the smart ebike, on the other hand, it turned out to be a great experience and pleasure to go up and up so fast and to feel so weightless at almost no effort.
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