Paris will be the most coveted destination for millions of tennis fans from all over the world during the months of May-June. It’s the time for the most stylish and elegant tennis tournament of the year – Roland Garros French Open 2016! The prestigious 115th edition of the Grand Slam is scheduled from 16th of May to 5th June 2016, culminating in new king and queen of the clay court circuit. French Open named after the legendary French aviator Ronald Garros, is part of the four esteemed Grand Slam tournaments of tennis along with Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
France is the top destination for the summers of 2016 with Euro 2016 set to follow the French Open 2016, resulting in three months of world class sporting events in the country. This is the best time to visit Paris and enjoy its elegant architecture, world-class museums, beautiful cafes and restaurants and the charming shopping boulevards lined with classy designer boutiques.
Rafael Nadal, the Parisian heartthrob will be eyeing ‘La Decima’, the 10th French Open title. Novak Djokovic has hit a slump in form recently but still remains a strong contender. Stanislas Wawrinka, the defending champions is no push-over candidate as well while the old-horse Roger Federer can still shatter anyone’s dream of becoming the king of clay. In the women’s field, Serena Williams will be looking to add another French Open to her already illustrious career.
Things to do in Paris during French Open 2016
Catch the pulsating action of clay court tennis at its best at the French Open 2016 and do enjoy the rich cultural heritages of Paris as well. There are plenty of interesting things that you must do in between watching your favourite tennis stars in live action.
Cruise on the Seine River
A cruise on the Seine River is the most essential Parisian experience. Cruising in an elegant boat during the sunset and watching the iconic cultural heritages of Paris gleaming in the soft sun light or simply admiring the views of the city’s illuminated riverside during a late evening cruise is an experience to cherish. Music show, A la carte dinner and fine French wine are also an added lure.
Dinner in Eiffel Tower’s restaurants
Have dinner in Eiffel Tower’s famous restaurants of Le 58 tour Eiffel, operated by legendary French chef Alain Ducasse and Le Jules Verne in style. Watch the sun go down from the iconic landmark while enjoying French gourmet paired with the very best of French wines.
Greatest Art collections in the world
In Paris, do visit the world famous Louvre Museum, the world’s richest collection that include famous works like Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Nike of Samothrace and many more important art works of human kind.
Moulin Rouge Show – Must have experience in Paris
Enjoy a show at the world famous Moulin Rouge, renowned for its sensational Feerie show featuring a troupe of 60 artists wearing colourful costumes performing to the music composed by Pierre Porte and accompanied by 60 musicians on stage. It’s a must have experience of Paris. In case, Moulin Rouge is already checked-in of your wish list, do visit the Le Lido Show, a stylish art-nouveau show featuring the Bluebell Girls and Lido Boys or the Crazy Horse Cabaret Show, a highly contemporary avant-garde show that focuses on femininity and sensuality.
Art and culture of Paris
Check out two interesting and innovative museums of Paris: Musee d’Orsay and Centre Georges Pompidou. Musee d’Orsay is an elegant Beaux-Arts railway station converted into a world class museum of art that includes a line-up of the finest works of Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh and many more. Centre Georges Pompidou is a contemporary building housing a public library, a museum of modern art and a research institute of acoustic music.
Elegant palace and French village
Take a tour of Giverny and Versailles Palace during your stay in Paris. Giverny is a quaint village in the Upper Normandy region of France and is renowned for world famous painter Claude Monet’s residence and works. Versailles Palace is the most opulent example of French architecture in its full splendour. This former royal residence of French royalty is now a famous tourist attraction of Paris known for its exquisite interiors, opulent furnishings and a beautiful garden.
Dark world of Paris
A tour of Paris’ ghastly Catacombs is also a great option if you want to understand the city’s dark and mysterious past. Visiting the Catacombs is a bone chilling experience which is the result of undocumented burials and uses of human skulls and bones in arranged order along the sides of the underground walls.
Date with Phantom of Opera
Enjoy a tour of the famous Opera Garnier, Paris’ most opulent premier opera house. This classic art-deco building was the setting behind the legendary musical ‘Phantom of the Opera’. See the Grand Foyer, the main staircase known as Grand Escalier, the Member’s Rotunda and the auditorium.
Experience Paris with Kids – Visit Disneyland Paris
If you are travelling with kids and family, do visit the amazing Disneyland Paris. This amusement park is a dreamland for kids and grown-ups alike. There are several exciting rides, chances to click selfies with favourite Disney cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofy, Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger and many more. You can be part of the magical evening parade that features plenty of drama, music, Disney characters, fireworks and procession. You can even stay inside the amusement park in one of the cute Disney hotels.
Cafes and restaurants – Paris gourmet delights
HolidayMe recommends checking out the wonderful cafes of Paris. La Bellevilloise is one such café where you can catch live music and chat with the locals. Ô Paris is a classic terrace café with exquisite views of Parisian skyline. Parisian restaurants have redefined the art of fine dining with several top notch chefs operating Michelin-starred restaurants in the city. Do visit O’ Bottega, Gordon Ramsay, La Cour, Le Meurice, L Ami Jean and A La Ferme restaurants while in the French capital.
French Open 2016 promises to be an exciting event for tennis lovers. Do book your flights, hotels and sightseeing tours of Paris and enjoy the very best of the city that will be at its magical best for the entire summer starting from the month of May till the very end of July.