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France Sports & Outdoors

  • Football (Soccer)

    Paris Sports & Outdoors

    Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, also known simply as Paris SG or PSG, was founded on 12 August 1970, thanks to the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain. The club is one of only two French clubs to have won a major European trophy, winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1996 The current Parc des Princes was inauguarated on 4 June 1972 and is...

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  • Skiing Snowboarding

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Sports & Outdoors

    For some people Chamonix may be considered a "not good station" for skiing, for some others, it's fabulous. Why those conflicting opinions ? It depends about how you want your ski holidays : - if you want to go directly fro your hotel to the slopes, to have an unique ski pass for the complete resort, not to have to walk or to take the bus, to be...

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  • Rollerskating

    Paris Sports & Outdoors

    Every Friday, Pari-Roller (http://www.pari-roller.com/) organizes a ride around Paris from 10.00 PM till 1.00 AM. It starts at 10.00 pm at the Montparnasse train station, under the big clock and ends at the same place. If it rains the ride is cancelled. The ride is free, you can pay an insurance before it starts if you want, or give money for the...

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  • Hiking

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Sports & Outdoors

    Hikers who look for easy or medium-difficulty routes can find a good choice of paths, either starting from the valley or from the cable car stations at mid-height on the mountains, such as the Lognan (altitude 1972 mwtres), Flégère (m. 1877), Planpraz (2000) or Plan de l’Aiguille (2317). It is advisable to have a good map of the footpaths, such as...

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  • Tennis

    Paris Sports & Outdoors

    At last! We made it. Getting tickets was touch and go. Next time we will have to look into it much earlier and more extensive. I spend a great day at the courts. There is enough to see and do. Getting here on the first day meant we were able to see a dutchie playing. Yeah! She lost but that wasn't due to the audience. You are allowed to bring...

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  • River Rafting / Body Surfing

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Sports & Outdoors

    Chamonix Aventures is a rafting station, but not only that. In fact with them you can do also hydrospeed and canyoning. They can provide also rafting and hydrospeed trips for absolute beginners and arrange activities for children. Those who are interested in canyoning only can find experts at OXO CANYONING.

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  • Petanque

    Paris Sports & Outdoors

    For me at least, pétanque seems like the quintessential French pastime, evoking images of groups of ageing men playing on shimmeringly hot days in shady small town squares. Pétanque is a form of boules, and somewhat related to the sport of bowls, except that as it is played on a gravel surface, the balls are thrown rather than rolled. I was...

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  • Paragliding

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Sports & Outdoors

    Special because I was terrified of heights and to run off the side of a mountain was just unthinkable, but I did it. Wow what an experience, I was really scared but 5 mins into the flight I felt a calm come over me as we floated over the town, my pilot was brilliant....I kissed her when we landed as I was so pleased to have survived it. Trainers is...

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  • Ice Skating

    Paris Sports & Outdoors

    My husband and I just came back from Paris where we ice skated in front of the Hotel Du Ville. This was a marvelous activity. The last day the sun was shining, the ice was good, the children were at school and the music was good. There isn't anything better than skating in front of the Hotel du Ville in Paris. Skating is free if you bring your own...

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  • Endurance Trail Running

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Sports & Outdoors

    Lately I have been getting into Endurance Running. If you are interested in this sport, Chamonix has 2 great races for you. First in Spring there is the Marathon du Mont Blanc which is a mountain marathon with 2240 meters of uphill, run largely on trails (and only half that of downhill - it's a mostly uphill marathon). Secondly in late summer...

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  • Tour de France

    Paris Sports & Outdoors

    “I am afraid I play no outdoor games at all except dominoes. I have sometimes played dominoes outside French cafés.” — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Our Sunday in Paris coincided with the entrance of the Tour de France into the capital. We had been warned by our taxi driver from the train station to avoid the Champs Élysées because of pickpockets....

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  • Rock Climbing & Mountaineering

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Sports & Outdoors

    Lots of different possibilities: hire a guide for one or more days, or have a basic training first. "Getting acclimatised before starting" is also here a golden rule. All info at the "Maison de la Montagne", just next to the Tourism Office.

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  • Hiking

    Paris Sports & Outdoors

    Paris is a city with more than 2,000 years of history. The ancient city of Lutetia was founded in the era of the 1st to the 6th century. Although Paris is huge the compact city center is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. Paris is France, and yet it is a culture unto itself. It was an important city of the ancient Roman...

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  • Running - Marathons

    Paris Sports & Outdoors

    From the Jardin des Tuilleries to the Parc du Camps de Mars amidst the Eiffel Tower, Paris offers so many marvelous parks in which to run. Not to mention scenic routes along the banks of the Seine or near it allow you the opportunity to get your cardio in while absorbing the sights and sounds. (The length of the Seine through Paris: 13 km.) You...

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  • Cycling

    Paris Sports & Outdoors

    cycling is very popular here and the Loire is tops. What my family here does is when we pick a place, talk to the tourist office for a reliable bike tour in the region, and its always been good for us. one we did severalyears back is the loire velo, we did it from blois to Tours but you can do the whole Loire river http://www.cycling-loire.com/ i...

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  • Volleyball

    Paris Sports & Outdoors

    The last time I was surprised to see the transformation of the Place de L'Hotel de Ville into a sandy beach with even palmtrees. I expected the sand at the Paris Plage not far from there, but not here. With the historical building as background it was nice to see that several teams were playing a beachvolleybal competition, but it looks like...

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  • Olympics

    Paris Sports & Outdoors

    Paris is going whole hog in its effort to nab the 2012 Summer Olympics. A logo for the event has popped up all over the city, from the National Assembly building to the Big Metal Tower. The plan would involve a lot of existing venues (such as the Stade de France, pictured here, which would be rechristened Olympic Statium) plus the construction of...

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  • Eiffel Tower

    Paris Sports & Outdoors

    Did you know that you can rappel down the Eiffel Tower? Well, this guy was doing it anyway. Some rope. A bunch of those pulley things. A helmet. And, oh yeah, a permit from the authorities would be a good thing too. =)

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  • Rugby

    Paris Sports & Outdoors

    We passed this wonderful Arena en route from the airport to our hotel,its a fantasic place to go and watch a sporting event such as France vs England in a rugby International,mind you tickets are like rocking horse sh*t,VERY RARE !!!!!

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  • Sports fans at the founding of the...

    Sports is everywhere a way of life here, its part of the social network and clubs plays a dominant role more so than other countries I have lived. France was the driving force behind the establishement of the Olympics games unde Baron de Coubertin, and the propulsion of the football:soccer Champions league ,as well as other disciplines.Some of the...

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  • Le Tour de France

    The Tour de France is one of the most famous bicycle races in the world and is considered to be the biggest test of endurance out of all sports. The Tour starts in the first week of July every year and lasts for approximately 3 weeks. The race was first staged in 1903 and passes through nearby countries. 2012 Running from Saturday June 30th to...

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  • Tour de France

    Going to the Tour de France was a great experience. You get to see some of the top atheletes in the world, you get exercise (by hiking to the top of the mountains), you meet all types of people from all over and you see the sights of the part of France you travel to. I saw the Alps & Paris stages of the 2004 Tour and got to see some of the most...

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  • Allez L'OM

    The Greatest Football team, well in France anyway is Olympique de Marseille. If your a neutral and want to see a great game, and your in Marseille its a must to go to Stade Velodrome to see a match. Youl spend your time being entertained by the fanatical supporters called "les Marseillais". Its a great party atmosphere, better than any other...

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  • Hike to Eze-Village

    The Cote d'Azur, also internationally known as the French Riviera, is a great location for hikes in a balmy environment. One of these is the moderate climb to the perched medieval town of Eze-Village from Eze-bord-de-Mer. Along the Chemin Nietzsche trail, elevation change is about 360 m (1,200 ft) from sea level to destination. Summer months might...

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  • Valle Blanche

    Skied the Valle Blanche in Chamonix If you're going to ride both trams up to the Aguille, make sure to bring your ropes, shovels, beacons, etc...and ski with a guide. We didn't and that was stupid!

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  • la Petanque

    You may have seen it on TV or in a French movie and did not understand the rules or you may actually have never heard of it. La pétanque is often considered as a "sport" of South of France, though it is played in the whole country. It is a sport played in 2 teams of 3-4-5 people (not a definite number when you play with your friends, and I dont...

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  • Tour de France

    The Tour de France is a grueling test of human endurance, a 3-week 2,175-mile (3,500km)race stretched over 21 stages, 9 of them in the mountains... But in somes way the modern Tour is easier than past races... In the early 20th century, competitors pedaled the dirt roads of France thru the night on fixed-gear bikes, evading human blockages,...

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  • Nice - Ironman

    The French leg of the Ironman craziness takes place yearly in Nice during the second half of June.Thousands of athletes from around the world take part to the massacre race that requires 3.8 Km swim, 180 Km cycling and a full 42.195 Km marathon. All of these, of course, in a row. These guys don't seem to be human, and I have a hard time thinking of...

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  • The world cup 1988

    Well, everyone knows that France held the world cup, and won it here, in La Stade du France, in 1998. Wow, what a night! I would have loved to have been in Paris that night! Le Champs-Elysées packed with fans screaming for, 'Les Bleus'.. The hairs were just standing on the back of my neck watching Paris on TV that night, it was so magical! I was...

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  • Tour de France

    The Tour de France is a famous cycle race held annually in France every summer. I've followed the race ever since Stephen Roche became the first Irish winner back in 1987. In recent years the race has been dominated by the American cyclist Lance Armstrong and it has also become quite controversial following the suspension of Floyd Landis, the 2006...

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  • World Cup '98

    France hosted the world cup in '98 and I was lucky enough to be working there at the time. The atmosphere was incredible, especially the night when France beat Brazil 3-0 in the final. All through the month there was lots going on and I've so many fond memories of that summer including a Scottish bagpipe concert in our pub, England losing to...

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  • Kayaking - Gorges de l'Ardeche

    North of Avignon, the Ardeche river has carved a canyon on its way to the larger Rhone river.It's a perfect stretch of river where beginners can try a canoe or kayak adventure on their own. I did it three times and it was fun. Along the left bank there are several campsites and locations for vessel rentals. Road D290 takes to Vallon Pont d'Arc...

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  • Le Tour - more cycling than is good for...

    The famous Tour de France cycling race takes place each July throughout France ...and Belgium ...and England in 2007!! Around 200 international bike riders cycle over 2000 kms including several days in the high mountains of the Alps and Pyrennees. The competitors are some of the fittest people around with massive hearts, thighs and a supreme...

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  • Skiing, snowboarding

    Best location to ski is the Alps. Alps are probably the best place in Europe to go skiing. I have been once to Austria and they also have amazing skiing conditions.In the French Alps, you will find many famous spots, such as Meribel, Chamonix or Tignes, as well as the rich spot of Meg?ve. High diversity of slopes, good nightlife and beautiful...

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  • Most famous sports in France

    France national sport is obviously football (soccer for US people). Since we won the world cup in 1998 we sometimes believe we are still the world champion, even if it is not... Anyway, French premier league is one of the best in Europe (Italian, Spanish and English are better though), and we have great players in France. Among them Thierry Henry,...

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  • Graham Baxter Sporting Tours

    We signed on with Sporting Tours for our TdF holiday in 2004. We chose the week-long Quality level tour that followed the Tour during the Alpine stages and up to the finish in Paris. We were pleased with the organization, the lodging faclities, guidance on daily rides, the coach (especially our driver), and the strategic arrangements to get us each...

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  • mountaineering

    Mountaineering is a somewhat popular past time particularly in the Alps. Each year thousands come to take the Mont Blanc and other peaks. Unfortunetly each year for some, the very sport they love takes there lives. There probabaly not a year that goes by that climber arnt killed from avalanche or falling from the mountain. I can tell you from...

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  • Petanque

    Petanque is a form of boules where the goal is to throw metal balls as close as possible to a jack Im sure youve seen this game before. The game is normally played on hard sand, but can also be played on grass or any other surface. Similar games are bocce and bowls.

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  • Alpine Skiing

    France has some of the best Alpine Skiing trails in the world. Just count the number of World Cup events taking place here each year!!! Things to bring with you:- Ski clothing - a must, since you'll hardly want to rent that;- Skis and poles - you can bring the ones you're used to with you;- Sunglasses - mandatory, or you'll be having eyesight...

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  • Snowboarding in the Alps

    Although the Alps can get really busy at peak season and people queueing for the lifts look more like ants, a good powder day at the top of Les Chosalets can't be beaten! Avoid the second week in February as its always packed out with school trips, and for some reason March is strangely expensive. January is good as its nice and cold, affordable,...

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  • Paragliding

    We had no idea just how this was going to be...we knew the priciples and that was about it. Our first attempt was called off due to a storm. This passed and an hour later it was safe to try again. We began climbing the mountain in a mini bus out of a comedy film. We climbed....we climbed and we climbed...at this point all of us had gone quiet...

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  • White water rafting

    We had a day off whilst in France and had a choice of activities...we chose white water rafting and paragliding.The price for rafting was very reasonable I dont remember how much but I know it wasnt expensive. The instructors was very friendly and proffesional. The raft lasted for around 22 miles and had some pretty good bits where you was hanging...

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  • AS Monaco Football

    You cannot go wrong. The best seats always available. Front row for every event minus the UEFA Super Cup. A great football team steeped in history is a must for any sports fan. After travelling around Europe, it will shock you that no game sells out and 5 minutes before kickoff tickets are available at the ticket booth for front row.

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  • Skii

    The Skii is the greatest type of Sport in the Alps, you won't find a better place for this kind of sport other where!there is a great camping place specialized for it!

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  • House-Boating

    Try renting a house-boat in France. Living on a house-boat is great! And in France you don't need any kind of driving-license and you will see a lot of interesting spots. If you like it a bit sporty: The "Canal du Midi" offers you a lot of possibilities. And with more than 40 locks (hand-moved, you are expected to help) on a way, that you travel...

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    Apr 26, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    We spent our last summer holidays in Lozère close to the Tarn Gorges.
    We practised caving in the Duganelle cave. The guide was very professional and friendly and we were able to see great sights. It was really a good experience which I highly recommend.

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