Monday, March 20, 2006

A much less political demonstration...


If you love roller skating and if you come to Paris you should definitely consider joining the Sunday afternoon skate that will take you for a large tour in the streets of Paris. Up to 20 000 people can take part in it - you can imagine what effect it has on the traffic! - and it is really fun. If you are the sportive type you might as well join the Friday evening ride which is based on the same principle only ten times faster!

27 comments:

  1. j'y est participé le vendredi soir lors de ma vie parisienne en 98 c'etait fort sympathique
    as tu fait toi aussi du roller?
    sa peux donner de beau clichés si tu prend tes sujets en plein efforts une vitesse lente pourquoi pas
    je trouve ton clichés pris dans le vifs aussi cool que le minot en premier plan

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  2. J'ai fait celle du vendredi il y a quelques années - quand j'étais encore en bonne forme! - mais maintenant je ne pourrais plus, elle est trop dure.

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  3. Genial! J'adore ca. Je n'ai pas faite celle de Paris (encore) mais j'ai participe a celle de San Francisco. De bons souvenirs...

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  4. Nice foto, Eric. I like the composition and the persepctive.
    Brian

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  5. I noticed how popular roller skating/blading was when I was in Paris a few years ago, but I had no idea about this! Chouette!

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  6. This is a great transition from the riot photos. It's something I'm always amazed at in Paris how a group of people this large can actually be in the same place doing something positive. The other time it impressed me was when France won the World Cup match. There were hundreds of thousands in the streets, and no problems whatsoever.

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  7. Did Parisian consider roller blading and demonstrating at the same time?

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  8. I never knew so many people bladed in Paris! They've got the same type of thing with a following in Switzerland but of course on a much smaller scale.

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  9. Were you in fact skating when you took this picture, or just observing...?

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  10. Sympa, cette photo!

    (I went to a party in San Francisco today and a few people there (that I never met before) asked me how the students in France were doing. They actually really care and I mean it without any sarcasm whatsoever.)

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  11. No, I was not part of the ride (I am not in the condition to do that anymore!).

    Tomate, the next step now is general strike apparently - I am listening to the radio at this very moment.

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  12. wow, that's a big crowd...I can skate but not with so many people around -- it won't be safe for them :p

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  13. Eric, this has nothing to do with this photo, but I just wanted to write and thank you for your beautiful site. I visited Paris for the first time Feb. 28-March 7, and browsing your site beforehand provided me with much excellent information and certainly increased my enthusiasm for the trip.

    I got to maybe 70% of my rather ambitious travel agenda, but was done in by a sore back and feet from all the walking (though a magician at the hammam at the Grande Mosquee fixed them eventually). Paris was far more magnificent and delightful than I'd imagined, and I found I really understood the city. It made sense. I had no trouble finding my way around or slipping in to the Parisian way of doing things.

    And contrary to all the stereotypes I never encountered any rudeness, any snooty waiters, any crooked cab drivers. Everyone was polite and helpful, and I'd move to Paris in a minute if I found a job there.

    Thanks for all the good work, and thanks for being such a great ambassador for Paris.

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  14. Great idea. Is it every weekend?

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  15. What fun! I'll have to take my daughter - she loves to skate!

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  16. I've only got one thing to say. Pavoirs. (cobbles)

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  17. eric, ce photo est superb! je veux habiter a paris en futur (j'espere..) et ca c'est un des unique et marveleux aspets de cette ville.....J'ADORE PARIS! (excusez mes fautes...)

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  18. Turns out I have two things to say. One, was "pavoirs" which it turns out is a word Ihave made up, and the second is "Pavés" which is what I should have said in the first place.

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  19. The Friday night version of this took us by complete, awestruck surprize. We had found a bistro open very late on Blvd. St. Michel, at an intersection across from Luxumberg gardens and were enjoying late dining outdoors when these big trucks and an ambulance with flashing lights and these police- officer-looking people blocked off the intersection near our table. A few minutes later, gazillions and bazillions of skaters came en masse from out of nowhere and flooded past us for over 15 minutes, the sound of thousands of wheels wizzing on the pavement. It was incredible. There were some bicyclers, too. There were safety patrol people on skates with yellow shirts that had a Paris skate logo on them. They had radios and all seemed extreeemly well organized. After the last stragglers passed the intersection, the trucks and police moved on. I understand that the route is different every week. I'm glad to learn of the Sunday one from you. What fun!
    -Kim

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  20. A delightful view, Eric! This put a smile on the face of Louis la Vache! Louis once took a similar picture on l'Île-Saint-Louis, though it was of a much smaller group.

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  21. L'association en charge des rando rollers du Dimanche s'appelle Rollers & Coquillages. Depart tous les dimanches place de la Bastille a 14h, pour 3 heures de fun! Site: http://www.rollers-coquillages.org

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