Tips & Tricks
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]