and in some cases is supplemented by the Rotonde, a less com-
fortable hinder-compartment, which, however, affords a good rétro¬
spective view of the country traversed. The Impériale, Banquette,
or roof affords the best view of ail and may be recommended in good
weather. It is advisable to book places in advance if possible, as
they are numbered and assigned in the order of application. The
fares are fixed by tariff and amount on an average to about lyg^
per mile (coupé extra). — For short distances the place of the dili¬
gences is takenby Omnibuses, equally comfortless vehicles, in which,
however, there is no distinction of seats. Those which run in con¬
nection with the railways hâve a fixed tariff, but in other cases bar-
gaining is advisable. — Hôtel Omnibuses, see p. xxi.
Hired Carriages (Voitures de Louage) may be obtained at ail the
principal resorts of tourists at ckarges varying from 12 to 20 fr. per
day for a single-horse vehicle and from 25 to 30 fr. for a carriage-
and-pair, with & pourboire to the driver of 1-2 fr. The hirers almost
invariably demand more at first than they are willing to take, and a
distinct understanding should always be corne to beforehand. A
day's journey is reckoned at about 30 M., with a rest of 2-3 hrs. at
midday. — Saddle Horses, Asses, and Mules may also be hired.
Cycling is a popular amusement in France, and the cyclist's
wants are everywhere fairly well provided for. On and after May lst,
1899, cyclists entering France with their machines must obtain from
the customs-agent a cycle-permit (60 c), which must be carried on
the person and produoed whenever required. If, however, the cyclist
remains more than three consécutive months in France, he must
apply for an officiai métal badge, to be fixed on the steering-post.
Thèse badges are delivered free on payment of the necessary fées
and the annual tax (6 fr.). Each cycle must hâve a badge for each seat,
and must, moreover, be furnished with a lamp and a bell or hom.
Cyclists in France will find it advantageous to join the Touring
Club de France (5 Rue Coq-Heron, Paris), the annual subscription
to which is 6 fr. (5s.), including a copy of the monthly Gazette. The
club publishes an Annuaire (1 fr.), with a list of cyclists' hôtels,
repairers, représentatives, etc., and also a séries of Itineraries (5 c.
each). Members of the British Cyclists' Touring Club (47 Victoria St.,
London, S.W.) also enjoy spécial privilèges.
English riders should remember that the rule of the road in
France is the reverse of that in England: keep to the right on
meeting, to the left in overtaking another vehicle.
VI. Hotels, Restaurants, and Cafés.
Hotels. Hotels of the highest class, fitted up with every modem
convenience, are found only in the Iarger towns and in the more