From Trish Alexander:
Just letting you know about a trip to Paris that Skate Journeys instructors and students are taking. The trip is unhosted, unsponsered and a great way to see Paris and/or Aix en Provence on the cheap.
Skate Journeys collects no funds for this! We are headed out May 7th and returning the 17 or 18. We are looking for a few apartments to rent in Paris and for some free lodging in Aix en Provence. Our goal is to make two Friday/Saturday/Sunday night/day skates in Paris and then head south. Two of our students moved down there and we got some free lodging and they will ask friends for cheap/free lodging for others once we know our numbers. We no of one no-cars rollers only road closure in Marseille.
We are starting our email list so that we can share info etc. This is our second foray and the last one was a trip to remember (in a good way). The trip is really a do-it-yourself—no fees for you to pay us to go. I’m fluent in French so for those who are not, I herd the group through the airports, metro, meals for the first several days and after about two days most have figured out the city with the help of a map and a small dictionary on gastronomy.
This trip is happening over the weekend of the International or world slalom contest so you’ll get to see some of the best slalom skating LIVE!
The last Paris trip offered us a morning chat about what everyone wanted to do and then breaking into groups or simply heading out alone for the day. Often people spent the morning skating in a group, groups, or lounging and then we tended to meet up for a museum visit, lunch, dinner or slaloms/street/artistic skating in one location. Dinners were often done late and included much of the group. The trip to Angelina’s for their Hot Chocolate with whip crème and a try at a new pastry, unfortunately for our waistline’s, became a daily occurrence at 5pm. The chocolate and whip crème was so thick that our spoons could stand up straight in the middle. Thus, late dinners were required.
Several people joined us who either did not skate or found the road skating too much for them. They took in tours, museums and shopping and were quite happy. We always made sure to meet up with them for meals so they participated as a group as well.
Other skaters like our 60+ aged friend Klaus, simply skated from morning to night. I was his roommate and he’d often wake me at 11pm when he dragged his worn down wheels in the door.
The airfares now are about $800-1000 but the gal at the American Airlines desk thought that they’d have more reduced airfares in February so we are getting ready to book in about a month!
Anyway, it’s such a fun trip, no one makes any money off of it. We try our best to plan well and we get to skate, visit a new country, skate, eat terrific food, skate, meet new friends oh, and skate.
Let me know and if you are thinking about it we will get you on the email list. It’s doesn’t mean you are committing.