Opening Day Excitement at Roland Garros
|Flags flying and blue skies over center court at Roland Garros.|
It's a beautiful sunny day in Paris and there was a buzz of excitement in the air when I passed by Roland Garros this morning. Lots of ticket scalpers hanging around the exit of the Porte d'Auteuil metro station and desperate tennis fans trying to find tickets. I overheard one man asking about the price of tickets for center court tomorrow and was shocked by the scalper's response of 150 €. The man must have been shocked too because he walked away with an air of disappointment.
I'm so happy that I have a ticket for Friday!
|Two friendly Englishwomen looking for tickets. I hope they found some!|
A word of advice - don't ride a Velib to the stadium. I saw two women who were frantically trying to find empty slots where they could return their bicycles. My guess is that they probably had to travel quite a distance. If you have a smart phone, there is a free Velib app that tells you the location of the closest Velib station as well as the number of available bikes and the number of empty slots where you can return bikes.
There are lots of bakeries, cheese stores, fast food places, and a large Monoprix on the Rue d'Auteuil where you can buy sandwiches, water, etc. There is also a very large Carrefour grocery store near the stadium at 1/3 Avenue du Général Sarrail.
|Ticket scalpers at the Porte d'Auteuil metro|
Great Pizza Place Near Roland Garros
|Crowds heading towards Roland Garros|
|One of the many official vehicles. For you, Stéph!|
|People pouring out of the Porte d'Auteuil metro|