My Europe travelogue so far…
London Day 1: Flying With MAS, Heathrow Connect & Piccadilly Circus
London Day 2: Covent Garden, British Museum, British Library & Phantom Of The Opera Musical
London + Rome Day 3: YHA Oxford Street, Gatwick Airport, easyJet & Tiring Rome
Rome Day 4: Six Beds, Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill (Part 1)
Vatican City + Rome Day 4: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica & St. Peter’s Square (Part 2)
Rome + Pisa Day 5: Santa Maria Maggiore Church, Pensione Rinascente & Leaning Tower Of Pisa
Pisa + Venice Day 6: Piazza Garibaldi, St. Mark’s Basilica & The Grand Canal
Venice Day 7: Foresteria Valdese, Libreria Acqua Alta & Thello Train
Paris Day 8: Hotel Andrea Rivoli, Palais Garnier & Raining
Paris Day 9: Paris Panoramic Views, Notre Dame Cathedral & Eiffel Tower
Paris + Versailles Day 10: Château de Versailles & Musée du Louvre
Tsk… photos are mostly about tennis – my love. Hehe
Yes yes breakfast is yet again homemade. They are too good to resist. We took off at 9.15am and reached Porte d’Auteuil Metro before 10.10am. Where’s our destination? ROLAND GARROS!!!
It is every tennis fans dream to visit at least one Grand Slam event in their lifetime. Mine no doubt is the same. Coming to Paris during the Grand Slam season, of course I wouldn’t put off the chances. Roland Garros is my favorite tournament amongst the 4 Slams (Australian Open being a close 2nd) and though I only attended the qualifying round it was enough to make me a VERY HAPPY girl! Why is Roland Garros my most favorite? It has something to do with Rafael Nadal and the red hot clay!
Then we move on… jumping court here and there.
Next we decided to visit Suzanne Lenglen Court to try our luck because I remember famous tennis players will practice there.
She wasn’t practicing earnestly as we can see it from her body language. The shoulder slouching and all. I hate it when she does that. Be confident since you’re a champion, Serena. No wonder she didn’t last long in this year’s 2012 Roland Garros.
Then at 12pm, we saw Maria Sharapova coming into Suzanne Lenglen Court. Wohooo That was our lucky day. But not lucky enough to see Rafael Nadal. We stayed on over 1pm but Maria didn’t pack. I guess she must have booked the court for 2 hours.
Just like Nadal who has his playing ritual, so does Maria. Her ritual is walking to the back of the court, focus on racquet strings to mentally regroup then fist pump. And you know what? She did that during practicing too. She sure is serious!
We wish we could stay longer at Roland Garros but too bad, we have other plans for the rest of the day. All in all I enjoyed myself tremendously at the qualifying round of Roland Garros. It may not be the official Slam but I had a blast there!
After that we went to Poilâne (a famous bread shop) and Pierre Hermé (the most famous pastry chef in France famed for his macarons!). Then it’s back to hotel to rest. Later on we came out again for last minute shopping at H&M (my fav shop), Zara, Mango… all located very near to our hotel.
Oh btw there’s this cool shoe shop called Kata Shoe (68 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris) near our hotel. It only display one side of the shoe. If you want to buy you ask for the salesperson for the whole pair. 1 bought 2 pairs of shoes at €8 and €5 while my sis bought a pair at €8. Although the shop looks a bit run down, I don’t mind as the shoe is so cheap and nice. Do visit this shoe shop ya.
They have 3 more Kata shops in Paris (all further from the city center):
1. 18et 34 Bd. Barbes
2. 46 Bd. Rochechouart
3. 9 Rue des Poissonniers
For our last dinner in Paris, we had it at a traditional French bistro called Le Trumilou by the Seine River (very near to La Cuisine Paris where we had macaron class). It was in fact the people at La Cuisine that recommended us this bistro.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned…