French Open Paris
The City of Lights is the venue for one of the most exciting events on the sporting calendar – the second Grand Slam of the year, the fabulous Tournoi de Roland-Garros or French Open. Paris is the hub of commerce, industry and art, with its famous landmarks – the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the world renowned Louvre drawing over 30 million visitors to its city limits each year.
The home of Napoleon Bonaparte, the unfortunate Marie Antoinette and her regal husband, Louis the XIV and more recently artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and fashion guru, Coco Chanel, Paris is considered amongst the most beautiful cities in Europe. Not only does it boast wide boulevards like the famed Champs-Élysées and wonderful inner city gardens like the Tuileries, but it is also home to the Stade de France, and of course the Roland Garros tennis stadium.
Paris is one of the most visited cities in Europe so getting there and getting around does not pose too much of a problem for the intrepid traveler.
The city is very well served by three international airports – Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Orly International and Beauvaise, the latter is a much smaller, regional airport but it is used by the budget airlines like Ryanair. Charles de Gaulle is large and confusing but there is a direct rail link from Terminals 2 & 3 and trains leave for the city centre every 15 minutes or so. The estimated journey time is about 40 minutes and a single fare is in the region of €8.50. This is by far the cheapest and quickest option but there is a bus service which runs to Opera Garnier in the centre of Paris. The travel time is about double that of the trains because of heavy road congestion and it is slightly more expensive too.
Orly is mainly used by Air France and other European carriers and it too has a train link to the city. The trains leave every 4-7 minutes and the cost is in the region of €9.50. The Orlybus departs from the Metro Denfert-Rochereau, cost €6 but again is slow because of traffic jams.
Although Beauvaise is unlikely to be your point of arrival there is a shuttle service between the airport and the Métro at Porte Maillot station, but the service is erratic and it is best to check the airport’s website for up to date information.
It is highly recommended to walk around this beautiful city and it is possible to cross the entire city in a matter of a few hours, but should you need to get somewhere in a hurry the next best option is the extensive and superb underground train system known as the Metro. There are sixteen lines and trains travel at regular intervals throughout the day (5am – 1.30am). So buy your tickets and get going to the Roland Garros Stadium and the 2012 French Open!
Casinos in France seem to be more elegant than the casinos you’ll find elsewhere. While change is in the air and slot machines are becoming more prevelant, French casinos, in particular the casinos in Paris are still classy, have dresscodes, and an emphasis on table games and high rollers. So after the French Open, make your way to some of the fine casinos listed in the Paris casino link above.