As well as the Ile Saint Louis, The Jewish area in the Marais is one of my favourite areas where to have a walk in Paris. For more than twenty years I regularly go for a walk there and even if the area has changed, even if I miss the closing of some local stores (such as Goldenberg for instance) and the opening of trendy fashion shops in place of them, I think that the ‘Rue des Rosiers’ and its surroundings are still very authentic and charming, almost as authentic as they used to be.
And this will last as long as some historical flagship stores or buildings remain there as those stores are part of the soul and history of the Jewish area: Finkelsztan, Chez Marianne, Le café des Psaumes, La Boucherie Norbert, … and of course the Jewish school in the Rue Pavée and the Synagogues, whether visible or hidden. The most important of them is in the rue des Tournelles, at the Eastern boundary of the area, and is the second largest synagogue in Paris.
From today and for the two coming weeks Paris and the Parisians will live according to the performances of the tennismen and tenniswomen competing in Roland-Garros. Indeed the French Open is still as famous and magical. The main question this year is to know whether Rafael Nadal will win the tournament for the 10th time… or not!
Spending one day in Roland-Garros during the French Open is really something to do once in a lifetime if you happen to be in Paris during the tournament. The atmosphere is so relaxed that it is like a holiday far from everyday life. And for those who are fond of tennis attending a match has nothing to do with watching it on television… even on a big screen!
The tickets for the tournament are sold out. However one can still buy tickets for the outside courts either on Viagogo, the official ticket marketplace, or as evening visitors. Both are available on the official website of Roland-Garros. A good way to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the French Open and the many activities offered by the sport village.
Also to be mentioned: An exhibition of 22 pictures taken last year by the British photographer Steve Hiett and showing Roland Garros in blazing colours and with an unusual look is taking place at Paris Rendez Vous, in the Paris City Hall. And during the tournament all the matches will be broadcasted on a big screen located on the Champ de Mars in 7th arrondissement of Paris.
La promenade plantée: the first green space of this kind
The ‘Promenade Plantée’ in Paris, also known under the name of ‘La Coulée Verte’, was created in 1988 and is the first green space of this kind: A way of 4,5kms with a lot of plants, a walking path and a bicycle path on part of it was built on a former railway which was unused since 1969. No doubt that the designers of the Highline in New York (opened in 2009) drew their inspiration from it!