The next day we met our friend Clement for lunch in Jardin des Plantes, a beautiful and large garden next to the university he works at. Clement then graciously rented bikes for us. Remy and I had tried to do this on our first day, but the Europeans have a chip in their credit cards which is needed to rent bikes from the Vélib (name of the bike rental system) stations. A big plus of the Vélib' system is the first 30 minutes are free so Remy and I just rode from station to station as we made our way around the city. We were extremely grateful for the bikes because we didn't have to walk miles through the city to see the sights.
First we biked through the gardens behind the Louvre until a policeman made us walk it. Then we had to hustle to a Vélib station before our time expired.
To end the night we went up to an area called Belleville for another beautiful view of the city. We met one of Remy's friends from Couchsurfing and had a happy hour picnic in another wonderful garden. The French really know how to make many, charming gardens. In France the summer sun doesn't set until around 10pm so for a few hours we chatted over bread, cheese, and beer. The next day, a little sad to leave Paris, we headed to the airport and caught a plane to Spain for our next adventure, running with the bulls.
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