Stick your credit card in the machine, pay five Canadian dollars (about three pounds) and have unlimited use of any Bixi bike all day in 30-minute stints. They come in a Granny-style 3-gear model or a ‘sportive’ with all of 7 gears.
Staying (and working) at a motel on an island, the Ile d’Orleans, which is very obviously geared towards tourism, has got me thinking more about image recently. Filling your motel rooms, getting people to come in for tastings of your local wine, cheese and cider – it’s all about presenting the right façade. And it’s true, there are some beautiful vistas of the countryside and the river. And there are delicious local products. The sign outside the local service station/general store is enticing:
Inside, you do find local beer and chocolates. But also a lot of overpriced junk food. It’s a service station.
I was thinking that maybe, à la Facebook, this blog too has been guilty of presenting a sanitised version. For example, sunset from the motel terrace:
Actually, I had to cross the road to get this shot, because this is the actual view, complete with cables (different time of day, obviously):
And at eight in the morning I recorded on my phone 8 vehicles passing within 50 seconds.