December 17, 2017

Skating The Roads Of Paris

SkatesHow about a new way to get around Paris: in-line skating? Every Sunday for 12 years, the Paris based in-line skating association "Rollers et Coquillages" which translates as-Rollerblades and Seashells-organizes a 3 hour skating tour leaving Nomades Skate shop at Bastille in Paris' 12th Arrondissement at 2:30p.m. The tours attract 5-7,000 people every week.

The company offers over 150 routes 12 1/2 miles each. Participants can vote for their preferred route in an online poll. The tours also incorporate tourist hot spots: Hotel de Ville, Notre Dame, Quai d'Austerlitz, Boulevard Menilmontant.

Traffic in Paris is brought to a standstill while the skaters are led by a team of volunteers clad in yellow T-shirts, policed by officers and first aid-workers in case of injury.

Aspiring skating tourists should be relatively adept on in-line skates with the ability to brake being crucial especially when hurtling down a steep boulevard surrounded by thousands of other skaters.

In-line skates can be rented at Nomads Skate Shop 37 Boulevard Bourdon for 9 euros ($12) 33-1-44-54-07-44; wrist guards and helmets available for 1 and 2 euros. ID card is required on deposit.