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Going to Paris!

roisin
01-02-2005, 09:48 PM
im *planning* on going to this tournament this year, hopefully it'll all work out. :)

id appreciate of anyone has any tips on what hotels to stay in, metro lines to get there, best airport to fly into, where its easiest to meet players ( :p ) etc...

thank u in advance! :wavey:

ae wowww
01-03-2005, 01:41 PM
Jeez, talk about forward planning, Roisin!! :D

Have fun...

roisin
01-03-2005, 02:57 PM
well i got to get it sorted early so i know how much money i need and im such a ad organiser...i thought i might as well try and get something right! :yeah:

Aleksa's Laydee
02-12-2005, 06:33 PM
who ya going with??

roisin
02-25-2005, 08:14 PM
my sister probably if she'd get off her lazy arse and save some dosh for it!!!

*Ljubica*
02-25-2005, 08:40 PM
If you're going Roisin - tickets go on sale in the first week of June - round about the same time as RG. You can buy them on the Internet from some of the French ticket outlets, or by phone from Palais d'Omnisports.

The nearest metro station is Bercy - just across the road - or you can go to Gare de Lyon and it's about 5/10 minutes walk. The Novotel is just next door -that's where the Umpires and officials usually stay - there is also a Mercure Hotel next door to that. There are loads of cheaper B & B's at the Gare de Lyon,- but - be careful - it's a bit of a rough area round the station if you're walking back after a night match - DON'T walk back alone.

Paris Bercy is a nice tournament but you always run the risk that players will drop out at the last minute because it's the end of the season. You can't watch practice unless you have accreditation - and the Security there is pretty strict.

A ticket for the main court will also get you into unreserved seating on Courts 1 and 2. You're very close to the players there - good for photos - but both courts are freezing because they'e built over an ice rink. I don't much like Palais d'Omnisports - cold, dirty, nowhere to sit down and the food is expensive - but the main court is nice. Hope that helped a bit.

roisin
02-26-2005, 08:39 PM
thanks very much rosie! i'm very excited about it now, i just hope i can get enough dosh to get me going!

enqvistfan
06-23-2005, 09:10 PM
If you need more infos, just ask, I go there each year :)

But it's a good tournament and the atmosphere is great :)

Val

enqvistfan
06-29-2005, 05:42 AM
I go to Paris-Bercy the first three days for the first and the second round (with the seeded players). Great :)

Val

Papakori
07-23-2005, 10:54 AM
I have my holidays so am going to travel to Paris for the Monday to see some tennis. I am very excited, my tickets arrived yesterday!

enqvistfan
07-31-2005, 06:41 AM
I have my holidays so am going to travel to Paris for the Monday to see some tennis. I am very excited, my tickets arrived yesterday!

Great Gambillfan :yeah: See U there :)

Hasifan
08-03-2005, 12:35 PM
:yippee: I'm so happy. I've got my holiday :yippee: So I'll go the first three days.

Straby
08-17-2005, 12:34 PM
I'm going! I've just asked my boss to take a week off in November and it's okay.
I'm gonna book my tickets and hotel tomorrow. I think I'm gonna stick with the hotel I've been to when I went to Roland Garros, earlier this year, very near to Place de Republique. :)

marifline
08-19-2005, 07:59 PM
I'm going there too... with the french DC team supporter club the atmosphere is extraordinary when a french player is on the court ( some people thinks the public is a little bit too chauvin but eh ! it's parisian public :lol: )

enqvistfan
08-19-2005, 08:30 PM
:yippee: I'm so happy. I've got my holiday :yippee: So I'll go the first three days.

Hope to see you there Hasifan :) :)

I think I know you :)

enqvistfan
08-19-2005, 08:32 PM
I'm going there too... with the french DC team supporter club the atmosphere is extraordinary when a french player is on the court ( some people thinks the public is a little bit too chauvin but eh ! it's parisian public :lol: )

French players are lucky to have big supporters like the fan club. It makes a good atmosphere especially in Bercy stadium.

marifline
08-21-2005, 12:48 PM
French players are lucky to have big supporters like the fan club. It makes a good atmosphere especially in Bercy stadium.
yes they are ! :) I should join the club... you must pay 30 euros per year and you get a beautiful blue shirt :lol: more over they have good relation with the federation and they have special prizes for tickets I hting ( I'm not sure :confused: )

delsa
08-22-2005, 05:18 PM
I'll go there on the monday, the tuesday and maybe for the semis and for the final. Maybe for the quallies too before.
I already have my tickets for monday and tuesday anyway. I'll see for the rest of the ideal program if it's possible for me to do it.

Eléa
09-05-2005, 11:45 AM
i have a question: if i'll go on monday and tuesday, am i sure to see all the 1rst round matches?
Because i "only" want to see my GG :rolleyes:
but really think i can't go there because i have already taken 1 week of holidays for the Lyon tournament and i have a lot of work so it will be hard to take 2 more days.. :sad:

olimpo
09-05-2005, 12:26 PM
i have a question: if i'll go on monday and tuesday, am i sure to see all the 1rst round matches?
Because i "only" want to see my GG :rolleyes:
but really think i can't go there because i have already taken 1 week of holidays for the Lyon tournament and i have a lot of work so it will be hard to take 2 more days.. :sad:

GG will get a bye in the first round and so he'll play his second round either Tuesday or Wednesday :)

Papakori
09-05-2005, 03:15 PM
are you going olimpo?

Straby
09-06-2005, 11:14 AM
My tickets arrived today (November 1th, 2nd and 3rd). :woohoo:
Can't wait.

enqvistfan
09-06-2005, 01:56 PM
i have a question: if i'll go on monday and tuesday, am i sure to see all the 1rst round matches?
Because i "only" want to see my GG :rolleyes:
but really think i can't go there because i have already taken 1 week of holidays for the Lyon tournament and i have a lot of work so it will be hard to take 2 more days.. :sad:

If GG is very well seeded, he may plays on Wednesday, it's usually like that. As said Olimpo, maybe on tuesday. But, on monday, you won't see him on court, outside I think :)

I still haven't bought mine, I'll order them online, or I'll go directly to the stadium.

Eléa
09-07-2005, 10:31 AM
Thank you Enqvistfan and Olimpo! :hug:
you're both completely right! and tuesday is a non-working day! i already take the wednesday too so i will go on tuesday and wednesday, i will order my tickets tomorrow as soon as my boss will sign my sheet for the wednesday ;) you made my day, thank you so much :smooch:
i'm the happiest girl in the world today :lol:

olimpo
09-09-2005, 08:30 PM
are you going olimpo?

I hope I can go, but it's not 100% sure yet.

delsa
09-10-2005, 12:43 PM
And so who's going eventually?

delsa
09-10-2005, 02:15 PM
It is very nice of you to answer all the questions especially so completely and reporting from your experience there and everything but i'd like to correct/add a few things because since i live in Paris i can bring a few extra infos... :)

If you're going Roisin - tickets go on sale in the first week of June - round about the same time as RG. You can buy them on the Internet from some of the French ticket outlets, or by phone from Palais d'Omnisports.

Yep. French ticket outlets: Fnac website (fnac.com), Virgin Megastore website, ticketnet.fr etc... i guess...
On the POPB's and BNP Paribas Masters' sites too maybe...

The nearest metro station is Bercy - just across the road - or you can go to Gare de Lyon and it's about 5/10 minutes walk. The Novotel is just next door -that's where the Umpires and officials usually stay - there is also a Mercure Hotel next door to that. There are loads of cheaper B & B's at the Gare de Lyon,- but - be careful - it's a bit of a rough area round the station if you're walking back after a night match - DON'T walk back alone.

Er...I have to disagree there...That's the part that made me realize/guess that you went in Bercy maybe a few years ago...
Because it used to be a "soft rough area" but it's been completely rehabilitated and transformed. They're destroying and building like crazy, lots of renovation, building works etc...
The urbanism projects date back to the Mitterand era!

It was a very old district of Paris (ancient suburb even actually...). There were almost only old closed down little factories buildings, old halls and warehouses (mostly wine warehouses) dating from like the '40ies...and squatted by ppl without a house, artists etc...And they have and still are destroying these replacing them with new stuff (the POPB was built in the place of the old "Bercy wine hall" for ex., they're detroying the "Grands Moulins de Paris" buildings right now, they plan to built the "Bercy-Tolbiac Passerelle" (http://www.paris.fr/portail/deplacements/Portal.lut?page_id=5888) etc...). It's one of the only places in Paris where they can still build anyway ...
Actually now this area is even part of the very "trendy" South-East Paris where modern (some of them hideous... http://www.leguide-paris.com/galeries/bercy/ http://www.phan-ngoc.com/fred/paris/f12.html http://www.visions-de-paris.com/galeries/12/index.html ) "mushrooms" districts with accomodations this time are created everywhere... It's even "achieving the exploit" of making the "bobos" leaving their traditional left-bank nearby (apart for going to live in "the Marais") and they're all moving there to become "Bercytadins"...;) :rolleyes: Still better to have these "cases" moving there than in "my" crowded 15th though...

They wouldn't have moved the Ministry of Finances there if it was still a rough area too :aplot:

Now from what i understood and was able to see, it is lots of parks, gardens, wine stuff (specialized bars and bistrots, a school for "someliers" or something if i remember correctly, there is even a few vines planted there (!), new buildings full of offices, new Museums with obscure names lol etc...). Everything is Bercy wine this, Bercy wine that...and they keep the name Bercy a lot since it used to be a separate suburb town so once something is a town there the name of both its inhabitants and the town itself no matter how insignifiant it is become very "important"..don't know why (could a French person explain this?)...The smallest villages' inhabitants have their own name depending on where they live...There isn't even any special adjective or name exixting when you come from a certain place in Malagasy: you just say "Zanak'/Zanaka bla bla bla"...("child of ____" (this town/this region) etc...). I get culture clashes everyday here, i'm amazed each time! lol!
But i don't go there very often. It's not my type of places to hang around to say the least...

See here the description of everything that has changed in the area and how it was done summed up (stats about the population of new inhabitants, time it took to build, difficulties encountered etc...) if that interests anybody (nobody?...well...): http://www.parisbalades.com/Cadres/cadres12bercy.htm

Here's what they say: "[I]Les Quartiers Bastille et Bercy ont été profondément transformés dvers la fin de la deuxième partie du XXème siècle. L'objectif était de redonner vie à ces parties de Paris qui s'étaient assoupis.
Quatre édifices monumentaux y ont été implantés: l'Opéra Bastille, le Palais Omnisports de Bercy, le Ministère des Finances, la Bibliothèque Nationale."
="The Bastille and Bercy districts were dramatically transformed near the end of the second half of the 20th century.The aim was to give life back to these old parts of Paris which had become "asleep". Four major buildings are now there to symbolize that: The Bastille Opera, the Palais Omnisports de Bercy, the Ministry of Finances building and the National Library (Bibliothèque François Mitterand)."

A description by an American living there (so with an exterior point of view...) of how the area looked in 1998 when the works had just begun a few years before: http://www.metropoleparis.com/1998/343/343bercy.html (Is it how it looked when you went there, Rosie? :confused: The wine bars he spoke about back then are now there, same for the Musée des Arts forrains, the new metro line and metro station etc...)

And there is also the Kyriad Bercy Village Hotel not to far from the POPB (one metro station away) http://ratestogo.com/Hotel.asp?HotelID=13700&akid=37104788&lc=EN. plus some others but you'll have to walk more...


Paris Bercy is a nice tournament but you always run the risk that players will drop out at the last minute because it's the end of the season. You can't watch practice unless you have accreditation - and the Security there is pretty strict.
Don't know about that. :shrug: But i've been told the same. And the droping out at the last minute thing is so true...

A ticket for the main court will also get you into unreserved seating on Courts 1 and 2. You're very close to the players there - good for photos - but both courts are freezing because they'e built over an ice rink. I don't much like Palais d'Omnisports - cold, dirty, nowhere to sit down and the food is expensive - but the main court is nice. Hope that helped a bit.

Built over an ice rink: Er...I don't think they're built over the permanent Sonja Herie (the name's an hommage to the famous Norvegian star...) ice rink. It's located in an 500 m2 annex of the POPB not below/under it...I don't think they use it for the BNP Paribas Masters but i could be very wrong though....:scratch: We need confirmation.
And i hope you don't think they have a permanent ice rink below the ground there? :lol: :hug:
That's why it is called "Omnisports". It's a very versatile/transformable arena in terms of number of seats, lights, everything...(or at least it's supposed to be...hum...). They bring the ice when they host a sport event requiring it...But i'm almost sure you were refering to the permanent ice rink but i've found some ppl actually believing the water needed for the events requiring water and the ice too were always there somewhere under the ground in some huge swimming pool or something! lol! That's why i said this...;)

Cold: It's cold during the Bercy Masters which take place in late October/beginning of November (autumn) for sure. But that's because this building is so badly isolated/insulated (same word in English? :confused: Not "temperatureproof"? :o ). So when you go there during summer it's so damn hot inside it's unbearable and when it's winter it's freezing even more than it is outside...:rolleyes:

Dirty/Nowhere to sit down: Well...It depends hehe...:aplot: Who are you? Which event do you attend? Answer this and i'll tell you if it will be dirty and if you'll have somewhere to sit down or not...

I've been there many times for rock concerts, other musical events, the Bercy Masters twice, and this year some "friend" who had free tickets draged me along to two of the most boring stuff i've ever seen: one stage of the BMX World championships taking place there and a Horse Show (a "jumping" i think it was called...sorry but i don't know anything about horses etc...) Pwahhh...:ras: (sorry for those who like BMX and horse shows but really that's not my cup of tea...)

And i can assure you they select how they clean/prepare the place depending on what kind of crowd is expected/targeted...
I suspect them to have ADDED dirt for the concerts/BMX/boxing... whatever...events so that it looked "cool" enough for the teen/young adults public. :lol:
And you can imagine how different it was for the Horse Show hehe...;) They had made everything they can for it to look "perfect" with well-dressed obsequious hostesses, carpets, and all the "tralala"...
I find it stupid to differenciate so much between ppl btw...:rolleyes:

And yes: the food there is very expensive! :(

I hope that helped too. I tried to add details. :)

Eléa
09-11-2005, 08:45 PM
Lovely, i already read your story in the GG borad, very funny story :lol:
i hope we can meet each other in Bercy :) i can't send you a pm, that's too bad, maybe you can send me an e-mail? here: elealfac@hotmail.com ;)

parissima
09-16-2005, 10:33 AM
Oh you live in Paris? I should really not trust the lil flags located next to the usernames :p

Anyways... Yeah... Well, i guess you said everything. I've only been to Bercy for concerts so i don't know about it being cold or whatever. But i can assure it's not dirty (well it is after the event occurred... you should see what it's like after a rock concert :rolleyes: )...

And the Bercy area is not so rough. I mean, sure you can always come across some weirdos, but it's like in any big city (vivant dans le 16e j'ai déjà rencontré des "psychopathes" ^^).



I don't know if i'm going to the Masters tho'. I mean, i don't know if i'm going to see any match... :/ (je sais que j'squatterai les aller-retour des joueurs le mercredi 2 mais c'est tout :confused: )
I hope i will, somehow. Because i remember attending it a few years ago, when i wasn't that interested in tennis (don't hit me :p ) and seeing the finals. It was pretty cool. The atmosphere was great.

delsa
09-20-2005, 04:40 PM
Oh you live in Paris? I should really not trust the lil flags located next to the usernames :p

Were you speaking to me? Well, i interpreted the flag is for your nationality not for the country you live in. Maybe i should have done differently. And maybe in a few years i won't live there anymore so... ;)

parissima
09-23-2005, 05:52 PM
Yeah i was answering your message, i should have said it ^^
Uh, yeah, you're right about the flag, my bad ;)
Hope you like it here :)

stephB
10-07-2005, 03:52 PM
i expected more people of the forum to come to paris TMS. but probably they all are not posting here in this thread...see you all!

Mara_M
10-17-2005, 08:55 PM
i want to go but i can't:bigcry:!

stephB
10-27-2005, 05:49 PM
i hate when you want to go and cannot. i really really hate that! poor you mara!