Expat Magazine

Non-Parisian Drivers

By Sedulia
IMG_0967
Yesterday I drove N and F to the Eurostar to take the train to London. It was a crowded day in Paris, and the city was full of non-Parisian drivers. I've become Parisian enough to want to honk at them when they hesitate so long at an intersection that I miss the light... but I'm American enough so that I usually don't. The people behind me are not so reluctant! The mayor has deliberately made it hard to drive in Paris, blocking through streets with one-ways in the wrong direction, putting in huge bus lanes so that a six-lane road becomes one lane in each direction, and shortening lights. (He has also made the buses and metros run later, so I'm grateful for that.) 
My car, like an old mare, headed for the airport so without realizing it, I found myself on the Périphérique ring road instead of on the Grands Boulevards to the Gare du Nord, where the Eurostar comes in.  But that turned out to be a blessing because it was fairly quick. On the way back home to the 16th arrondissement on the west side of Paris, I thought it would be fun to go through the central city to see the Christmas lights. Luckily I had lots of time because... every bus from eastern Europe, taxi filled with Japanese and Chinese tourists, and provincial French doing their shopping for Christmas was driving through downtown too. What a beautiful city at Christmastime!

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Joyful in Singleness Part 3: Famous Biblical Unmarrieds

    Joyful in Singleness part 1Joyful in Singleness part 2Are you one of a partly hidden minority in the body of Christ who has felt led by the Lord to remain singl... Read more

    The 12 April 2015 by   Elizabethprata
    SOCIETY, SPIRITUALITY
  • 7 Best WordPress Migration Plugins

    It is a speedy procedure to build a WordPress website/blog on a localhost. When you complete the development process, you would then surely try to move host... Read more

    The 12 April 2015 by   Gaurav Tiwari
    SCIENCE
  • How Things Have (not) Changed

    The other night I had the pleasure of dining with the former Australian Democrats leader and senator, Dr John Coulter, at the home of Dr Paul Willis (Director o... Read more

    The 12 April 2015 by   Bradshaw
    ENVIRONMENT
  • Date Night at 7 Seas Los Cabos-Surf’s Up!

    Date Night at 7 Seas Los Cabos-Surf's Up! Every now and then Scott and I stumble onto a surreal experience during our travels. This was one of those times. It... Read more

    The 15 April 2015 by   Stylemindchic
    HOME, LIFESTYLE
  • Game of Thrones Returns in Big Numbers!

    The fifth season premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” broke huge ratings records for the show despite the fact that the leak of the season’s first four episodes... Read more

    The 15 April 2015 by   Ningauble
    SCIENCE, TECH
  • 10 Dove Street: Gourmet Food, Elegant Ambiance, Friendly Prices

    Many people think that we, just like all travelers and adventurers, are a rugged bunch of folks who are completely happy with camp food or budget meals. Read more

    The 14 April 2015 by   Adrenaline Romance
    SPORTS, TRAVEL

Add a comment