I don’t know when I first heard about Fat Tire Bike Tours — maybe while I was at A&M, since it was started by an Aggie — but it was years ago. And I’ve always wanted to do one. When we came in 2011, however, Molly was so little and it was so cold for much of our trip, so I never got to go on one.
Then last spring when I traveled to Germany, I talked my friend Susan into doing to Fat Tire Berlin on a rainy, cold day. And I was hooked. I had to do all of them.
I had enjoyed the Berlin tour so much that we did it again this summer when we were there. It was much warmer and more crowded, but still so delightful! I love Berlin’s tour because it is packed with information. Most of the ride is in former East Berlin and you get to see the effects of a divided city, lots of WWII sights, and the ways that the lovely city has reemerged over the past two decades. I love standing in Babelplatz and riding through the Tiergarten.
Then on a lovely sunny day, we rode through the royal parks of London. London’s tour is leisurely and beautiful, such an enjoyable ride.
In Barcelona, we got to ride with the students, seeing the amazing Sagrada Familia and ending the ride on a Mediterranean beach.
And then, finally, this week, Paris.
As you might be able to tell in this picture, it was rainy, windy and cold. Not the perfect day for a bike ride. Yet I still loved it! The wind swirled the leaves all around us, which made the ride a bit dreamy — like we were on in a movie — and we got to see so many things. I loved that we headed south of the main part of the city to glimpse at Les Invalides, peak into the gardens of the Rodin museum, and ride across the Seine on the Alexander III bridge.
We stopped in Jardin des Tuileries for a chilly lunch of warm drinks and crepes.
Eventually we headed back to the shop to claim our free t-shirts and warm up!
I’m not sure which is my favorite ride, Paris or Berlin, but I’ve loved them all. Of course, there’s not only one ride in each city…