2009-12-11 / Travel

An Interlude in France

Part 3: Les Véhicules de Paris
By Warner M. Montgomery Warner@TheColumbiaStar.com
Paris is full of wonderful sights: historical buildings, fumbling tourists, curious signs, and strange vehicles. Here are a few of the more interesting modes of transportation we saw while in Paris.

One way to see Paris at river level is from the the tourist riverboat, Bateaux Parisiens. One way to see Paris at river level is from the the tourist riverboat, Bateaux Parisiens. (Next week: Famous Monuments)
The French loves their dogs. This Laborador retriever is taking a nap while guarding his master’s shiny new hatchback. The French loves their dogs. This Laborador retriever is taking a nap while guarding his master’s shiny new hatchback.
This Mercedes hearse is bringing a flower–draped coffin to be buried in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery alongside Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Chopin, Sarah Bernhardt, or perhaps, Jim Morrison. This Mercedes hearse is bringing a flower–draped coffin to be buried in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery alongside Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Chopin, Sarah Bernhardt, or perhaps, Jim Morrison.
This warning to “Watch to your left” is directed at the British visitors who drive on the wrong side of the road. This warning to “Watch to your left” is directed at the British visitors who drive on the wrong side of the road.
This French version of the Thai tuk tuk says, “Sam’s Tuk drives you in Paris.” This French version of the Thai tuk tuk says, “Sam’s Tuk drives you in Paris.”
The original Citroen 2CV was produced from 1939 to 1990 and was known as a four–wheeled bike with an umbrella. It had an air–cooled 29 horsepower engine. This one belongs to a 2CV Safari Club. The original Citroen 2CV was produced from 1939 to 1990 and was known as a four–wheeled bike with an umbrella. It had an air–cooled 29 horsepower engine. This one belongs to a 2CV Safari Club.
This three–wheeled enclosed bicycle was seen crossing the Seine River on the Pont Neuf Bridge. This three–wheeled enclosed bicycle was seen crossing the Seine River on the Pont Neuf Bridge.
In the Toyota dealer’s showcase was a CS&S Hybrid with holographic projection controls. Hanging is the batter y electr ic FT–EV, a urban commuter. In the Toyota dealer’s showcase was a CS&S Hybrid with holographic projection controls. Hanging is the batter y electr ic FT–EV, a urban commuter.

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