##Three unexpected Paris bike rides
Want to stretch your legs and enjoy a little fresh air? Pedal your way with these green getaways.
For a few hours
La Coulée Verte, Paris’ elevated ‘green belt’ trail. Head to Paris’ 12th arrondissement for a ride along this repurposed railway line that links the city’s Bastille area and the Périphérique ring road. There, you’ll discover 4.5 kilometres of green tranquillity in the heart of the city and a real breath of fresh air.
For a half day
Impressionists’ Island. This small island west of Paris owes its name to the impressionist painters Monet, Renoir, Sisley and Pissarro who headed to river Seine’s waterside to paint. With several famous reproductions dotting the 14 km bike route, there’s no better way to get your cultural fill as you go. Accessible from the Chatou-Croissy RER Station.
For the day
Les Bords de Marne, Marne riverside trail. Head out of the capital from Vincennes and follow the curve of the Marne river as it stretches from Saint-Maurice to Joinville-le-Pont. You’ll be greeted with peace and quiet, green countryside and a host of old-time outdoor ‘Guinguette’ cafés.
##Vegan, a way of living and eating better
Food, beauty, fashion, lifestyle: more and more French people, especially the younger generation, are riding the vegan wave. In Paris, you can eat vegan at Super Vegan and My Kitch’n Paris in the 17th arrondissement, Gentle Gourmet Café, an institution at Bastille, Hank Vegan Burger in the 4th, and 42 Degrès in the 9th, to name just a few. Those outside of Paris haven't been forgotten either: visit the website Vegoresto.fr to find places all across France where you can get something vegan to eat. When it comes to beauty, at the Vegan Mania shop and website you can find products from all over the world (Schmidt's solid deodorants, Hurrah! lip balms or the brand with the exotic packaging Pacifica, etc.) In the fashion sphere, designers such as Amélie Pichard, just like Stella McCartney, are finding alternatives to avoid using leather in their designs... And the second Veggie World trade fair will be held on 8 and 9 October, just a few months after the first...