Paris – and Roland Garros!

Sue & David avant le jeu.

Sue & David avant le jeu.

The flights from New Zealand to Paris seem to get longer every time! But we arrived at last and, joy of joys, it was RAINING!  Not too bad at first, but by the afternoon it was pouring down.  We use a business car company called Navendis to transport us and our guests from location to location, and our driver Victor took us in from Charles de Gaulle Airport a totally different route, which was great because we got quite another view of the city, and also because he was able to avoid the huge traffic jam on the autoroute! We had a few problems later on in the day trying (a) to locate the apartment I had rented for clients and (b) trying to coordinate meeting up with the apartment manager – in the heavy rain. But eventually all sorted, and we could have a reasonably early night …

Maria Sharapova

… because today we were off to Roland Garros to watch the mixed doubles final and the two women’s semi-finals. What a treat!  The weather was superb, and contrary to what I had imagined, we were able to see the whole Philippe Chatrier Court very clearly, sitting as we were about two thirds of the way up and on the service line. The first women’s match was between Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard from Canada.What a match! A long 3 sets, and such exciting play. The second match, between the Roumanian Halep and the German Plitkovic, paled in comparison. The whole setting is extravagant and wonderfully well organised, with people on hand to point you in whichever direction you wish. And at the end, when everybody is streaming out the gates, directions to the Metro Stations are extremely visible … until you are away from the grounds then there’s NOTHING! And nobody seems to know where the stations are! When one eventually finds a metro station one has to travel in ONE direction, get off at the next stop, then travel in the OPPOSITE direction to be able to reach the rest of the metro network! A very interesting experience. More interesting experiences to come … watch this space!

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