If you drive a car in Paris, then you know what a daily battle it is to find a parking place…. especially one that is not under a pigeon-infested tree which will cause the chrome paint to dissolve the following morning because of all the pigeon dooodoo.
On national holidays, parking on the streets (in legal “paying” spots) is free. And, in Paris, during the month of August, parking is also free… in some places, not ALL places. I had thought that all Paris, all the month of August, was free. Clearly, there is a lot of shared misunderstanding out there, even for the true Parisians. I was walking back from work last night and observed a few “signs” of misunderstanding in the form of a screaming match between two Parisians and a parking tickets emitter. And, for the owner of this “abandoned” mini (photo below on the right), the surprise will likely be all the bigger upon his/her return from holidays as the car was clearly left in the street, believing that the month of August was “libre.”
If parking in Paris has become ever more difficult over the years, when will they abolish even free parking in the month of August for all? With more Velibs and the same concept for cars (Autolib) coming in 2010, the idea of owning a car in Paris may become, finally, either a ridiculous luxury, or a real nuisance.