DC is definitely a walkable city, and a beautiful one at that! I tried not to take any underground transport until I was so tired I could fall over. There’s just too much to see, and if you’re staying downtown, the White House, Congress, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, etc are all within a nice brisk walk.
To tell the truth, I was a little disappointed in Paris. The city seemed to be covered in dirt and graffiti and it was so crowded, I had to miss a bunch of the attractions, like the Eiffel Tower. Of course there were some beautiful portions of the city, and sitting on the other side of the Seine eating cheese in a boat across from Notre Dame will be a memory I’ll always cherish.
But how does one get around, especially when little French is spoken?
I’ve been doing a lot of traveling in the past few years and have discovered the wonders of public transport. There’s no real public transport in Nashville, beyond a train that goes in one line with a couple of stops and a terrible bus system, so I never really had experience with learning to read transport maps, figuring out fees and learning how to push my way through heavy crowds until I started traveling.
I might be the only one here, but I enjoy subways and trains and I *really* enjoying talking about the pros and cons of each, so much so I decided to write up a series of posts comparing them all together. Believe me when I say, all public transport is NOT equal.
I’ll be adding a post every time I travel some place new and use one of their systems. While I’ll mostly be talking of trains and subways, I thought I’d throw in a bit of other unconventional ways to travel besides renting a car.