⇝ Paris is for bicycle lovers ⇜

One of the coolest things about visiting Paris is seeing the number of people of every age who use the bicycle as a form of transportation, and how elegantly they do this.


No sweaty Spandex for these cyclists, even the many who ride bicycles from the Vélib’ bike-sharing program! No hair-flattening helmets usually either, as they are recommended but not mandatory.

Instead you'll see insouciant women wearing sassy ensembles with matching heels, their handbags slung carelessly over their shoulders, effortlessly glamorous whether they are shopping for groceries or heading to the office.

It goes without saying that men are equally debonair in their suits and glossy wingtips, with scarves not to keep warm, but to accessorize. Sigh!

This gallery from my archives also includes a few photos from Italy.

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This woman surely embodies Parisian cycling glam, non?

Glamorous cyclists are everywhere in Paris.


Stylish at every age: Check out this woman's floral flats.


Stylish at every age


I love this older cyclist's blue blazer over a blue shirt, with snazzy socks and dress shoes.



This debonair cyclist's grey bicycle is part of the Vélib' bike-sharing program.




A lovely dress, chunky jewelry and open-toed pumps; handbag on the handlebars.

Bicycling


Just riding to work along the Seine ... (Note the helmet in the bicycle basket.)

Paris is for bicycle lovers.


This woman is probably cycling to work, but has room for a child in the back later on.

Paris is for bicycle lovers


Looks like a casual day for this man but, even so, he's properly shod.

Paris is for bicycle lovers.


Jumping over to Italy: This woman, who I photographed in Pisa, is my hero! Bags galore are clearly not a deterrent to looking chic.

Cycling in Italy


Still in Italy: I photographed this sartorially splendid cyclist in Florence at the Piazza di Santa Croce, which our Airbnb overlooked.

Cycling in Italy


A bit of an edgier look.

France bicycles


Another cyclist on a Vélib’ en route to work.

Cycing in Paris


Cycling past the Musée d'Orsay on the Left Bank of the Seine.



The scarf, the shades, the silver 'do!