The Olympics are coming to Paris

It is five or so years in the future, but Paris will be hosting the Olympics. So, there was an Olympic Day last Sunday. They totally took over the Place de la Concorde. There were many “events”, all set up so anyone could try them.

The Champs Elysees was closed leading up to Place de la Concorde. The above is a climbing wall in the middle of that usually-busy street.

Volleyball. If you look closely, you can see the ball in the air.

And volleyball while one stays seated! A lower net, of course. They were doing reasonably well.

Another climbing wall with active participants and a queue.

Ping pong or table tennis.

Badminton. There was quite a breeze and both the table tennis and badminton were suffering from drifting balls/shuttlecocks.

Hard to tell, but this is the soccer area. They were playing soccer volleyball/tennis.

An overall view showing the stands in the center of Place de la Concorde.

While walking from Place de la Concorde towards the Louvre, i saw some ride set up in the Tuillerries. The one above is a big arm that was sending (screaming) people way up into the air.

And a large Ferris wheel. The building just beyond it is the start of the Louvre.

After visiting the Louvre, i took the Metro back to the Hôtel de Ville stop. It was time for lunch at 2:00 PM, so I stopped in a corner bistro. This was my view while eating. Straight ahead is the Hôtel de Ville . The road going left/right is Rue Rivoli.

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