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Paris Day 11: Roland Garros, Shopping & Seine River Sunset


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!

Roland Garros Marker @ Paris, France
Once you emerge from the Metro, signage like this will guide you to the stadium.

Roland Garros Marker @ Paris, France
Here’s another one. Cute yeah?


Road Sign To Roland Garros @ Paris, France
Road signs to the stadium.

The Walk To Roland Garros @ Paris, France
Unfortunately we took the longer way to the stadium and had to walk very very far! Like over 30 minutes. Hahaha We reached the appointed gate at 10.40am.

Entrance To Roland Garros Stadium @ Paris, France
One of the many entrances to Roland Garros Stadium. This wasn’t our entrance point. Just a snapshot how it looks like.
Photo from TZ-7.

Roland Garros Qualifying Round Tickets @ Paris, France
Our qualifying round Roland Garros tickets @ €20 per ticket. The bottom paper is the online printed ticket which we exchanged it for the official tickets (top) at the entrance.

Roland Garros Qualifying Round @ Paris, France
First sighting of the red clay court and I was like Wohooooo!!!

Electronic Board For Qualifying Rounds @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Qualifying round match on displayed outside Suzanne Lenglen Court.

Souvenir Shop @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
There are many souvenir shops here, some big and some small like this one.

Suzanne Lenglen Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Suzanne Lenglen Court. And that’s her commemorative statue.

Suzanne Lenglen Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Another view of the Suzanne Lenglen Court. As we were there early, there aren’t many people at the stadium yet.
Photo from TZ-7.

Roland Garros @ Paris, France
Court 9. Love this shot.

Court 9 @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
The beauty of court 9 (and court 11) is where you can stand by the court and watch tennis like no tomorrow. It’s where you get up close with your tennis favorite.

Roland Garros @ Paris, France
Now this is tennis!

Tennis Chair Umpire Kader Nouni @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Tennis chair umpire Kader Nouni. So happy I saw him. He’s chairing the game at court 6.

Tennis Line Umpire @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Tennis line umpires.

Tennis Ball Boys & Girls @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Tennis ball boys and girls.

Umbrella Girl @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Umbrella girl. Hehehe Nah. She’s a ball girl.

Naked Peter Polansky At Qualifying Round @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
And of course there will always be naked tennis players. Haha This is Peter Polansky from Canada. Too thin. Kekeke

Tennis Player Peter Polansky @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Spent 30 minutes watching Peter Polansky play in court 6. Here’s him serving.

Tennis Player Horacio Zeballos @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
His opponent is Horacio Zeballos from Argentina. His serving pose. Zeballos won the game but he was defeated in the 2nd round.

Then we move on… jumping court here and there.

Roland Garros @ Paris, France
Roland Garros!!!

Roland Garros @ Paris, France
Here’s another nice one.

Cleaning Clay Court With Drag Mat @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Cleaning clay court with drag mat at court 11.

Cleaning Clay Court Lines With Broom @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Next is cleaning the court lines with broom.

Clay Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Now this is what Roland Garros is all about = RED CLAY!!!

Next we decided to visit Suzanne Lenglen Court to try our luck because I remember famous tennis players will practice there.

Serena Williams Practicing In Suzanne Lenglen Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Look who we have here? It’s Serena Williams!

Placing Sponsor Logo In Suzanne Lenglen Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
While she’s playing, workers are hard on work placing sponsor logo in Suzanne Lenglen Court.

Serena Williams Practicing In Suzanne Lenglen Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
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.

Serena Williams In Suzanne Lenglen Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Serena Williams throwing rugby ball.

Serena Williams Practicing In Suzanne Lenglen Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
She’s practicing on her serve.

Richard Williams In Suzanne Lenglen Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
His dad, Richard Williams also her couch is on court as well wearing… sandals. That’s so inappropriate! Not sure why he’s holding a racquet when he’s just walking around. Her mom was there too.

Serena Williams & Maria Sharapova In Suzanne Lenglen Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
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.

Maria Sharapova Practicing In Suzanne Lenglen Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Maria Sharapova practicing in Suzanne Lenglen Court. We ate packed ‘homemade’ croissant lunch and salad here. Bliss.

Maria Sharapova Practicing In Suzanne Lenglen Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
That’s her hitting partner.

Maria Sharapova Practicing In Suzanne Lenglen Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Love her confidence.

Maria Sharapova Practicing In Suzanne Lenglen Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Many many years back I wasn’t a fan of hers but I am now after her comeback from shoulder injury. She may not win that many tournament yet but I just love how she brings herself.

Maria Sharapova Practicing In Suzanne Lenglen Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
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!

Maria Sharapova In Suzanne Lenglen Court @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
And you know what (again)? This girl went on to become the 2012 Roland Garros Women’s Singles champion. Bravo!!!

Souvenir Shop @ Roland Garros, Paris, France
Then we came here to buy souvenir. A tee €35 and keychain €10. Gotta say they sure are pricey. But then I can’t leave without getting ’em. Haha

Roland Garros Sports Ground @ Paris, France
The time is 1.20pm and as you can see there are more spectators now. That’s Philippe Chatrier Court which is prohibited unless you have special pass.

Roland Garros @ Paris, France
Thankfully we get there early as the afternoon sun is quite hot. We got sunburn from this trip. Yeah another Roland Garros souvenir. LOL
Photo from TZ-7.

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!

Porte d'Auteuil Metro @ Paris, France
This is Porte d’Auteuil Metro at 1.50pm. No people ya. Kinda scary. Imagine this place to be full of people come the official tournament days.
Photo from TZ-7.

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.

Seine River @ Paris, France
After dinner, we went for a brief walk by the Seine River. I’m not sure why there are so many people gathering by the riverbank. My best bet is to view the sunset. Guess that’s Parisians lepak spot.

Seine River Sunset @ Paris, France
I’m thankful that we get to view such a beautiful sunset on our last day in Paris.

Seine River Sunset @ Paris, France
Perfect sunset @ Paris.

Seine River Sunset @ Paris, France
Then we returned to hotel to rest and pack.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned…

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13 Comments

  • Reply Dawn August 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I would love to spend some time at Roland Garros, too, and yes, because of its red clay! I rather see Maria S (even with her gruntings) than Serena W. I feel the Williams’ sisters are too obnoxious.

    • Reply Che-Cheh August 17, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      Hope to attend a full-day event at any Grand Slam tournament in the future.

      I agree with you about the Williams’ sisters. Don’t like them myself.

  • Reply foongpc August 16, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Wah! You get to see those tennis stars!!

  • Reply foongpc August 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Oh, Serena Williams not focused on her practice?

    • Reply Che-Cheh August 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      She’s like chin chai aje.

  • Reply foongpc August 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    That’s such a beautiful sunset in the last 3 photos!

  • Reply tekkaus August 17, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Serena…rugby? Haha 😀 Practice makes perfect right?

  • Reply tekkaus August 17, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Wow…even Maria sharapova was there? So good hoh! You got to catch so many tennis stars. 🙂

    • Reply Che-Cheh August 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Ya very cool. 🙂
      If only I get to see Nadal, Fed, Djoko and Murray. “tam sam” haha

  • Reply tekkaus August 17, 2012 at 4:47 am

    To sum it up…you really love tennis huh!

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