LOT Business Class Chicago to Warsaw
Hotel du Louvre
Park Hyatt Paris
Notre Dame and adding our “lock of love” to a Parisian bridge
French Open (day 1)
French Open (day 2)
Radisson Blu Champs Elysees
Arc de Triomphe and Siene river cruise
Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan
Le Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer
Lunch at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower and other Dining options around Paris
LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class WAW-ORD
French Open (Day One)
One of the primary reasons for visiting Paris was to attend the French Open. I have become a big tennis fan over the past several years so this was sure to be a highlight of our vacation! On March 12th I stayed up late as French Open tickets went on sale at 1am central time zone in the US. I wanted to make sure we got decent seats so it was worth a late night to ensure we got tickets to the days I wanted to go. It was a fairly easy process selecting the tickets and you just choose what day(s) you want to attend and then you select what type of ticket you want. I wanted to make sure to see Rafa Nadal and some of the other players so it is best to go earlier in the tournament as most of the players have not been eliminated yet. We ended up buying tickets to both days of the 2nd round of the tournament and sitting in Phillipe Chatrier Stadium (which is the main/largest court). We bought category one seats which were the closest and most expensive seats I could buy. The box seats that are even closer to the court were mainly corporate tickets or reserved for super expensive VIP packages! Tickets to the French Open can be bought here.
Everything worked out well as it was very easy taking the metro to the Roland Garros stop and pretty much follow all the signs and people. Amazingly both days my wife and I left the hotel without grabbing our tickets!!! One day we had to walk a few blocks back to our hotel to grab our tickets and the next day we actually got half way to the tournament on the metro and realized neither of us grabbed the tix!!!
It was a great experience just walking up to the site and getting closer to the event. You could hear the cheers from the crowd and the smack of the tennis balls on the outside courts. On our first day we got to watch the end of the Venus Williams vs Schmeidlova match, Djokovic vs Chardy, Tsonga vs Melzer, and Sharapova vs Pironkova matches.
It was a cloudy and cool day with the occasion light rain towards the end of the day but otherwise comfortable with a jacket or sweatshirt. In between matches we would walk around the grounds for a bit and we also grabbed a bit to eat at the tournament as well (hamburgers and fries). We were surprised how limited the food options were at the tournament but made due. We saw some people eating a bag lunch (smart) but otherwise I hope you like ham sandwiches and hotdogs because that was what most concessions stands sold. They also had a fancy buffet area as an option however it was over $50 per person so we passed.
(note: as always, simply click on any picture to enlarge it)
V. Williams vs Schmeidlova match (Schmeidlova won)
Around the grounds
Big Sam Querry warming up his serve
Tsonga v Melzer match (Tsonga won)
Sharapova vs Pironkova match (Sharapova won… the French Open title)
A great day of tennis watching and our first time seeing a pro tennis tournament live and it happen to be at this amazing grand slam event!!! Let me know if you have any questions about the tennis or the Roland Garros grounds!