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Parking in Paris

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bumper to bumper cars

bumper to bumper cars

That’s it. As far as the eye can see, cars sticking bumper to bumper. I am SO happy to not have a car while living in Paris. The Metro is just perfect, thank you. Or my own 2 feet.

I am fascinated with drivers in Paris…it’s amazing how little damage actually occurs as people get from A to Z in as little time, distance, and space as possible.

Some observations about parking in Paris, just in case you want to drive and park while here:

no limit except vertical walls

no limit except vertical walls

Motorcycles, scooters, bicycles…pretty much can park anywhere. They are supposed to follow normal driving rules, but motorcycles have a secret lane between the outside 2 driving lanes, and both motorcycles and bicycles will pass stopped vehicles and get in front of them to get away first when the light turns green. Or if there are no pedestrians…

Optional parking on top of cones

Optional parking on top of cones

Your choice – between or on top of cones.

Space between vehicles is negligible

Space between vehicles is negligible

Bonus points are awarded for vehicles with minimal space between bumpers.

Accidents WILL happen.

Accidents WILL happen.

 

Expect some slight scratches or bruises

Expect some slight scratches or bruises

Clever drivers will gently ease into tiny parking spots, avoiding major warping and scrapes on bumpers and fenders.

And my personal favorite trick for in city driving ~

Always carry duct tape.

Always carry duct tape.

It’s true. Duct tape can fix anything.

Despite these captivating photos, drivers in Paris really are amazing. There are few accidents, pedestrians remain unharmed, vehicles stay on the road, and traffic flows in seemingly flawless pathways. Hats off to the competent drivers!

Author: Angie

I live with my husband and crazy kitty. Much of my time is spent writing, reading, and playing with the grands. You can usually find me sipping tea or coffee, nibbling on dark chocolate, and contemplating what to plant next in the garden. If not those pursuits, then I am probably trying to figure out how to cook and live in an RV, creating cards with rubber stamps, walking, hiking, or out snapping photos with my camera.

4 thoughts on “Parking in Paris

  1. This line up of cars would certainly not happen in the US. Could you imagine a bumper to bumper parking of suvs. they never make it out alive. Loved your picture story!

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  2. SUVs would not make it in Paris. Most of the parking spaces are basically sized for smart cars. (Also the driving lanes and streets in the city are pretty tight.) Speaking as an American, just NOT worrying about the required bumps, scratches, and dents that are a part of daily driving and parking…arghhh. We saw SOME nice cars, but not parked. haha

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  3. I would definitely be walking or bussing it, however. I don’t do parallel parking, so that pretty much takes out driving it looks like. Amazing how all those people do that.

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    • Yes, I flunked parallel parking during driver’s ed…sigh. I know my bumpers would look like that if I tried to drive OR park in Paris. In the US, I look for pull throughs…

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