Sport In Paris

There is plenty of sport to see in Paris, but here are the highlights:

The final stage of the Tour de France: although clouded in controversy in the last few years, "le tour" is still a French institution and people come from all over the world to stand at the side of the road when it reaches Paris.

The best place to stand is the Champs Elysees as the riders do multiple loops of the Champs-Louvre. And, with the finishing line in view, you'll get the best of the action.

However, it can get very crowded, so if you want be be assured of a really good view of the cyclists, consider going down to the Louvre. On each circuit, the riders come out of a tunnel between the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries. So, you'll see them over and over without having to fight the crowds.

Six Nations Rugby: every spring, rugby fans descend upon Paris for international rugby matches that take place at the Stade De France. The visitors change: in even years, it's England, Ireland and Italy, the odd years it's Scotland and Wales.

The Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe: "the Arc" is Europe's most prestigious horse race. It takes place at Longchamp racecourse in the Bois De Boulogne and is the culmination of a weekend of top class horseracing.

Sporting Activities

In the warmer months, Parisians flock to the two parks either side of the city (the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes) and, at the weekends, you'll see lots of joggers and people playing sport.

In the heart of the city, there's not a lot of room for outdoor sports, but there's still the opportunity to be active.

For example, on Sundays, some of the roads next to the Seine are closed to traffic and that gives people the chance to cycle and rollerblade without having to fight the cars. Also, every frieday night, there's the rollerblading tour that takes bladers on a 3 hours trip around town (the crouse varies each week).

Finally, Paris is a city for walking. Any sightseeing you'll do is going to burn up the calories (which is one of the reasons there are so few fat Parisians!).

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