I met up with Helen in Paris, she is a friend of a woman I sat next to on the plane to London. We had a drink outside on a bench in the sand at Canal St. Martins with her friend Freddy and then they took me out for some cheap indian food. Helen let me borrow her Velib card for the public bicycles for the rest of my trip and after that Paris took on a new life. I learned my way around the city, biking from place to place. The bikes are free for the first half an hour and you can get one from one station and drop it off at another.