Wednesday, February 11, 2009
25 Things I Love About Paris: #8
8. Smart Cars
I can't help it. They're just so darn cute, especially the ones with the advertising. Of the four here, my favorite is the one promoting the SNCF's travel services because the women in her bikini is perfectly proportioned and positioned to be driving that car. (Okay, so she's lost her head...details, details.) Someone told me that you can get one of these ad-enrobed cars for virtually nothing although you have to agree to drive it a certain number of kilometers per week. I don't know if that's true or not.
There are plenty of plain vanilla Smart Cars on the streets here as well although they're not so photogenic. Since parallel parking seems to be a full contact sport here (bam in the front, back up, smack in the back, sound of glass shattering), Smart Cars also seem eminently practical. Lined up perpendicular to the curb, three of them can park in the same space as one traditionally sized truck. More confirmation that good things come in small packages.