|Die Fahrradhaltestelle in Berlin|
|Simple Elegance in Paris|
In Berlin, the bikes are locked into large utilitarian concrete blocks evocative of the dull Soviet inspired apartments built in Berlin during the cold war. By contrast, the bikes in Paris are attached to elegantly curved metallic posts, something Rodin could have created.
This constant attention to detail and awareness of design sets France apart from the rest of the world. With the possible exception of the Scandinavian countries, I can think no other place that can match the French sense of proportion, simplicity, and beauty. Even something as seemingly inconsequential as a bicycle post is elevated to an art form in France.