Base nautique de la Villette (19th)
Learn how to handle a canoe-kayak. The basin is 600 meters long and 65 meters wide and is located between Stalingrad and the park de la Villette.
Licensed teachers will help you discover the joys of rowing. There is a wide choice of boats: avirons, two person canoes and individual kayaks. The only requirement is that you know how to swim.
For those over 18, there is a free initiation to rowing every Saturday at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm (weather permitting).
Reservations required, call 01 42 40 29 90, on Saturday to reserve for the following Saturday, bring 2 ID photos and a certificate indicating that you can swim at least 50 meters.
Base nautique de La Villette
Direction de la jeunesse et des sports de la Mairie de Paris
41 bis, quai de la Loire, Paris 19e
Metro: Jaurès ou Stalingrad
01 42 40 29 90 (Wednesdays and Saturdays only)
This fascinates me. I have seen people actually catch fish and one time I saw a guy packing up to go home and he took the fish with him. I still regret not asking him if he was going to eat it (when you see how icky the canal is you will understand my bewilderment).
Also, since you can now rent boats on the weekend to go rowing there are some tense moments when novice rowers get too close to the fishing lines!
Equipment: Bring your fishing equipment!
OK, so I know that it's not really called 'ping pong' (and once fell out horribly with a mine manager who was a table tennis enthusiast over my use of this derogatory phrase for his beloved sport), but the alliterative title was too tempting to ignore!
There are a very pleasant string of public open spaces on the southern end of Canal St Martin, which link it to the Place du Bastille (where I assume that the canal ducks underground). These small parks contain playgrounds, petanque venues and these permanent table tennis tables and offer plenty of shade as well as seating for the less active.
When I visited over a glorious late September weekend - when Paris was sweltering in an Indian summer heatwave - it seemed like an ideal way to while away a Saturday afternoon, and it would be a great way to entertain kids who are brimful of pent up energy after a day of sightseeing.
Equipment: You will need to bring your own table tennis bats and balls, but the tables and nets appear to be a fixture.
If you get bored with all the sigthseeing, or if the weather is too bad, bowling is a fun way to spend a few hours in Paris. This particular bowling place is at the back of a courtyard off Rue Mouffetard. They also have a number of pool tables and a bar where you can get reasonably priced drinks.
The bowling itself turned out to be more expensive than we had expected - you have to hire the shoes too plus it wasn't entirely clear how long we could lay for so we played till we were bored.
You may want to try the deal at the crepe/panini place on the other side of the courtyard, facing on to Rue Mouffetard, which offers one bowling pass plus a crepe and drink for 6 Euro.
it is a very good way of staying in shape all over,and Paris is no exception if you have the time.
The friends I have swear by the club meds gyms,here is their webpage
go to the drop down window and pick the one closest to your final address
hope it helps
Equipment: your own sweat clothes
Ever wanted to skydive, but too afraid to step out the door? Now you can fly your body through the air without these fears. A vertical windtunnel, capable of supporting up to four people at a time, is operating in the north of Paris. Feel the brute force of 200 kmph wind and fly together with an instructor in the tunnel.
Equipment: All you need, like overall, headgear etc, is provided. Make sure you bring good sport shoes.
We decided on the Sunday to Go to Longchamps and so went after Notre Dam
Cause it was Sunday , for some reason there was alot of families there and More interestingly it Was Free !!!
Also when u come out the Main intrance of the racecourse there were free buses laid on which brings u back again to Port maillot
It was a lovely day , and nice to feel you could put a good few flutters on the horses , shame i did'nt win anything !!
i think it started about 2 and goes on till nearly 6, the Programmes on that day were free, so you could follow along which race was coming up
You can bet minimum was 2 euros and then it went up , there is a fun fair there for the kids , Icecream stands, and also for the younger kids a small pony that you have to pay for rides, There is a queue for this and i m not sure how expensive it was , but i guess if you got in free it woud'nt be too bad
Very enjoyable day out, and as it was free that was an added bonus
Equipment: the Closest easiest way to get there we found was Line 1
Direction 'La Grande Arche de la Défense'
Go to Porte Maillot
we were coming from Grands Boulevards which Is Line 8 for example so the Route we Took was
Charles de Gaulle/Etoile
it was an estimated 25 minutes then We got out at the exit for Charles de Gaulle and took the 124 Bus
WANT TO WORK OUT?
Well, you can't do that here without a doctor's permit in French territory!
Sooooooo, do bring your Computer and your DVD exercise tapes with you.
I am sure you can find an exception, but remember, it will be an exception.
In Levallois, just northwest of Paris, there is a basketball court if you begin from the Town Hall and head toward the Seine, about 9 blocks. Turn right at the Seine and VOILA, le terrain de basket. Very popular as the city itself has turned out great ballas who have moved on to professional.
Equipment: Bring you A+ game!
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