It is easy to get around in Paris. The fastest way to get from one place to another in the city is usually the metro. Problem is, you don't see much that way. On a nice day like last Wednesday, walking is always a good option — if you have time.
Other good options are the bus or the bicycle. Buses are good because you can sightsee as you go — but you need to know the routes. The bike is good exercise but you really have to pay attention to what you are doing. Still, next to walking, cycling is probably the best way to get a real feel for the city. There are many more bicycles in Paris now than back when I lived there.
Back in the early 1970s, when I first went to Paris and spent a few years there, people rode little motorized bikes called Vélos Solex or Mobylettes. You don't see those any more. But you do see a lot of bigger motorbikes and motorcycles. Lately, you see more and more of the bikes like the one above that has two wheels in the front and just one in the back.
Another thing about riding the buses is that you do have to wait for them. They don't run as frequently as the underground metro trains. Waiting gives you time to study the maps and learn the routes. Or just to sit and watch and wait.
I used to work in the neighborhood where I took these pictures. For a year or two I worked on the Rue des Saints-Pères, just off the Boulevard Saint-Germain. I remember having coffee or lunch many times in the café called Le Rouquet that you see above. But I never had a motorcycle.
I did a lot of walking. The guy in the photo above could have been me 40 years ago. I was skinny like that, from all the walking and stair-climbing. It was a healthy life. Last Wednesday I was retracing some of those 40-year-old steps as I made my way on foot from the Place de la Concorde over to the Gare d'Austerlitz.