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Théâtre du Châtelet

Théâtre du Châtelet

Théâtre du Châtelet

Théâtre du Châtelet (1 Place du Châtelet, Paris) (Metro: Châtelet) – housed within a 19th century châtelet (or small castle) in the center of town, this is a theater & opera house that currently holds various productions and events. This 2,500-seat venue was acoustically remodeled in the late 1980s, and is currently the home of the Orchestre de Paris and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Check their website for current shows: chatelet-theatre.com


Tennis Luxembourg

Tennis Luxembourg

Tennis Luxembourg

Tennis Luxembourg (Jardin du Luxembourg, Boulevard Saint-Michel, Paris) (Metro: Rennes; RER Luxembourg) – for those interested in playing a couple of rounds of tennis (as opposed to watching it on a stadium), this municipal court lets one play on a first-come, first-serve basis. Price: €7.50/hour. Call for more details: +33 01 43 25 79 18.

Stade de France

Stade de France

Stade de France

Stade de France (ZAC du Cornillon Nord, Saint Denis) – this stadium, located just north of Paris, is for local and international football fans. This is the same stadium where France defeated Brazil for the World Cup in 1998. Both the French national football team and the French rugby union team play here during international competitions. Its current seating capacity is 81,338 spectators (making it the 6th largest stadium in Europe).

Along with football games, various rock and dance music events are held here, such as the Rolling Stones, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Depeche Mode, Prince, Madonna, and Electro-House music DJs like David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Swedish House Mafia, and others. See its website for upcoming events: http://accueil.stadefrance.com

Roland Garros Stadium

Roland Garros Stadium

Roland Garros Stadium

Roland Garros Stadium (2 avenue Gordon Bennett, Bois de Boulogne, Paris) (Metro: Porte d’Auteuil, Michel-Ange-Molitor) – tennis fans all over the world are familiar with this venue – the site of the annual French Open tennis tournament, held here very June. Located on the southern boundary of the Bois de Boulogne, this 21-acre complex contains 20 tennis courts, including three large-capacity stadium, a large restaurant and bar complex, and Tenniseum – a bilingual multimedia museum that covers the history of tennis.

As opposed to most other tennis stadiums, Roland Garros’ main distinction is the clay surface of its courts – which presents special challenges for at least some of the pro players that come here. Recent players who have competed here include Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, and Ana Ivanovic, among others. Tennis fans interested in attending the French Open are advised to visit the Roland Garros website: www.rolandgarros.com

Piscine Pontoise

Piscine Pontoise

Piscine Pontoise

Piscine Pontoise (19 rue de Pontoise, Paris) (Metro Maubert Mutualité) – located within an Art Deco building, this is a sports complex whose main attraction seems to be its swimming pool (an asset during the Summer, since there are no beaches in the Paris area). The pool has kept up its charm and special features (2 floor balcony changing rooms, wrought iron railings and numerous pillars), but at the same time has evolved into a modern sports complex (which includes squash courts, a fitness center, and a sauna). Admission: €4.50 For an additional €15.90, one can sign up for swimming lessons. Open daily, times vary. Call for hours: +33 01 55 42 77 88.

Piscine d’Auteuil

Piscine d’Auteuil

Piscine d’Auteuil

Piscine d’Auteuil (Bois de Boulogne, 1 Route des Lacs à Passy, Allées des Fortifications, Paris) (Metro: Ranelagh) – this indoor public pool, located by the Auteuil race track within this popular park, is a good place for relief from Summer humidity within the city, since there are no beaches in the Paris area. Admission: €3.00 (swimming lessons: €13.00). The pool is occasionally closed for maintenance, so its schedule varies. Call before visiting: +33 01 42 24 07 59.

Paris Canal / Cruises on the Canal St-Martin

Paris Canal / Cruises on the Canal St-Martin

Paris Canal / Cruises on the Canal St-Martin

Paris Canal / Cruises on the Canal St-Martin (departure points from the Musée d’Orsay/River Seine and Parc de la Villette – near Canal St-Martin) – this service provides morning and afternoon cruises from these two point into the four-kilometer-long Canal St-Martin, which was originally built by Napoleon to provide Parisians with fresh drinking water. Factories and were later built along this strip before they outlived their usefulness. These days, Canal St-Martin has become one of most fashionable and edgy spots of the French capital, with avant-garde galleries and old warehouses converted into lofts.

Canal St-Martin’s main shopping streets include rue Beaurepaire, rue Yves Toudic, rue de Marseille, and rue de Lancry. One can walk along the Quai de Valmy for its cafés and bistros, then cross the arching bridge over to the Quai de Jemmapes, where one can find the old Hotel de Nord, the historic Hôpital Saint-Louis, trendy dining spots, and a variety of hidden gems.

Visitors who have gotten used to seeing the ever-present River Seine get to see a part of the city enjoyed mainly by locals, as opposed to the central parts of Paris (which have long been tourist domains). Prices for these canal cruises start at €12.00 per person. Those interested in a ride on these cruises should book their reservations through Paris Canal’s website: www.pariscanal.com

Parc Zoologique de Thoiry

Parc Zoologique de Thoiry

Parc Zoologique de Thoiry

Parc Zoologique de Thoiry (Parc et Château de Thoiry 78770 Thoiry) — this was Europe’s first wildlife park and is situated in the Ile de France region, only 35 minutes from Paris and is home to uncaged animals that include species such as giraffes, elephants, zebra and antelopes, that can live an almost perfect life in the massive park, which surrounds the 16th century Thoiry castle.

The very popular Safari Park is something you have to experience within the confines of your car or on a tour bus, purely for safety reasons, as you can get to see big cats, bears, zebra, etc and there are around 800 free roaming animals, but thanks to a glass tunnel, which is a unique and exciting concept, you can go on foot through this to see the lions up close.

Admission: Adult (€28.50), children under 18 (€22.00). Guide by car: €86 (with reservation at least 15 days in advance). Those interested in visiting the zoo are advised to phone (or browse through its website) for more details: Tel.: +33 01 34 87 49 26. Web: www.thoiry.net

Paris International Golf Club

Paris International Golf Club

Paris International Golf Club

Paris International Golf Club (18 Route de Golf, Baillet-en-France) – located some distance north of Paris, this is the only golf course in France to be designed by Jack Nicklaus, Paris International Golf Club is consistently rated by visitors as one of the best maintained and enjoyable courses to visit for golf near Paris. The club house has to be seen to be believed; it’s enormous, elegantly designed and has luxurious facilities that include a spa and a swimming pool. (Drivers instructions from Paris: N1 from Paris city center, then off the D104). Those interested in playing are advised to phone for more details: +33 01 34 69 97 15

Opéra de la Bastille

Opéra de la Bastille

Opéra de la Bastille

Opéra de la Bastille (Pl. de la Bastille, Bastille/Nation, Paris) (Metro: Bastille) – this opera house was opened in 1989, in time for the bicentennial of the French Revolution. Due to the variety of events booked here, those interesting in seeing performances are advised to check the Bastille’s schedule and pricing on its website: www.operadeparis.fr