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Their main station is located at Notre Dame, from Wednesday to Sunday, from 12:00 to 18:00. A half-hour ride for two costs 150 francs.

The tandem bikes operated by Tandem-Services, mentioned last week, only take one passenger, but they go anywhere and their rates start off at a modest seven francs.

A couple of years ago another company tried the rickshaw-type tricycles in Paris, but found it hard to make money. This firm may be back on the scene next year, now that the city is getting friendlier to alternative means of transportation.

Internet Life

Greenie Giggles

The older generation of the Greens - 'Les Verts' - are running things like Paris' streets for the Hôtel de Ville, the Ministry of the Environment, or even running for the office of President of France. This is all very serious stuff.

But there is a younger generation of Greens who might be a bit less 'established' or a bit less constrained by virtue of being merely Green without being in elective office too.

Last week, a group of the younger generation got together and decided to temporarily re-name the 'Voie Georges Pompidou,' which I usually call the Seine-side speedway.

photo: voie reserve aux cyclistesThis is currently closed to daytime motor traffic. The Greens have thought it might be called 'Quai de la Vélorution,' 'Allée des Amoureux' or even 'Quai des Anciens- Embouteillages.'

Signs like this one are making car drivers see 'red' in Paris these days.

Well! Just imagine what certain people who happen to belong to the late president's party think about this. The kindest thing said was, 'Gaminerie écologique,' which sort of means 'Ecolo kid-stuff.'

I suspect the re-naming didn't last long, because the plaque commemorating Président Georges Pompidou, shown on this issue's 'Café' page, was photographed on Sunday, after Saturday's supposed re-baptism.

All the same the Green kids have put up a list of eleven proposed new names online, and you can vote for your choice.

Your Paris Web URLs

If you have any favorite Paris Web sites you think other readers should know about, please send them in. If they haven't been featured before and they don't crash my browser, you'll get a modest 'thankYou' here.

I have not overlooked the URLs I've received as recently as several weeks ago, and I have even checked some of them out. The 'thankYous' are being readied.

Forecast for August

Here we are again, at the beginning of August and the last of August's 'grands départs' hasphoto: maille, mustard, madeleine departed, while all of July's 'departed' have tried to return on several succeeding weekends - on account of their disgust with July's weather - only to find Paris is has returned to being cooler than where they were on holidays.

Another Madeleine attraction is this mustard shop.

Somehow, between Metropole issues Paris had its 'summer.' This wound up fitfully, to climax last Wednesday with beautiful weather for one day - with 35 degrees and a slight breeze.

It still isn't over until it's all over, so you may still be interested in Météo-France's short-range forecasts. According to tonight's TV-weather news these are shorter-range than normal, so maybe an upswing is coming.

Météo-France has also begun its 'Vigilance-Météo' service, which consists of putting out special alerts concerning hurricane-speed winds, torrential downpours, heavy storms, tornados, blizzards and/or avalanches within the next few hours in Paris and throughout France.

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