A view of the train station and public bike share in La Rochelle, France. (Photo by author)

In this episode, I call in from Nantes, France, to chat with reporter Ray Dubicki about my current trip to Europe. We discuss all kinds of urbanist topics like multimodal transportation, public spaces, how all cities — even walkable European ones — come head to head with bad planning decisions, and of course, bidet culture. Well, that last one is not necessarily an urbanist topic, but it was fun to talk about anyway!

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Natalie Bicknell Argerious (she/her) is a reporter and podcast host at The Urbanist. She previously served as managing editor. A passionate urban explorer since childhood, she loves learning how to make cities more inclusive, vibrant, and environmentally resilient. You can often find her wandering around Seattle's Central District and Capitol Hill with her dogs and cat. Email her at natalie [at] theurbanist [dot] org.