Experience the Unique Atmosphere of Roland-Garros!

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.

Christine Bokobza – Good Morning Paris B&B – www.goodmorningparis.fr

Practical information: Roland-Garros – French Open 24 May-7 June 2015

Art Liberté – du Mur de Berlin au Street Art: a Free Exhibition in Paris

A new free exhibition has just started in Paris. It is called: ‘Art Liberté – du Mur de Berlin au Street Art’ and takes place in the Gare de l’Est which is the Parisian train station from which depart most of the trains towards Germany. The exhibition is focused on three different ways to discover the Berlin Wall, all three exhibited in and around the Gare de l’Est.

  • On the square in front of the station: 30 original pieces of the Berlin Wall and 3 Trabant (The mythical car of the GDR) have been painted especially for the exhibition by famous international street artists. Among those artists Thierry Noir is the first one to have painted on the ‘wall of shame’ in 1984… causing the growth of street art in Europe in the eighties.
  • Inside the station: Pictures of the works painted on the Berlin Wall during the eighties are exhibited in the Hall d’Alsace where one can also see a movie called ‘Ephemère’ telling about the history of the Wall.
  • In the rue d’Alsace, on the west side of the station: a mural painting which is 47 meters long has been made by the same street artists and will stand there for a couple of years and not only for the duration of the exhibition.

Everything is colourful, free and really worth the visit! Until 8 July 2015 in the Gare de l’Est in Paris.

Christine Bokobza – Good Morning Paris B&B – www.goodmorningparis.fr

Velazquez Exhibition in Paris: A Must-see until 13 July!

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Exhibition Velazquez Paris – The shop

The Grand Palais in Paris has been offering since yesterday a major exhibition of the works of the famous Spanish painter Diego Velazquez (1599-1660). This is the first time that an exhibition devoted to Velazquez has been organized in France and it is an opportunity not to be missed for Parisian people to see the works of this artist as the Louvre doesn’t own any of his paintings! I visited the exhibition this morning and here is my first advice: Do not get there without an advanced booking. The exhibition has just started and there is already a long queue and a waiting time estimated to two hours for those who have not bought their ticket in advance. Continue reading Velazquez Exhibition in Paris: A Must-see until 13 July!