A city for a champion: Paris, birthplace of Gael Monfils

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A city for a champion: Paris, birthplace of Gael Monfils

Gael Monfils is one of the most histrionic players on the ATP Tour. Thanks to his spectacular plays and strokes, he became one of the darlings of the crowds: his tennis is one of the most spectacular of the men's Tour and, although in his career he has achieved less of what it could win, Monf can still boast 10 ATP titles, the semifinal at the Roland Garros 2008 and the semifinal at the US Open 2016.

Monfils was born in Paris, one of the most fascinating cities on the planet. La Ville Lumière will never disappoint you: Paris has an unsurpassed heritage of museums, monuments, churches and characteristic neighborhoods.

Off the beaten path for tourists, Paris will let you discover the best of French cuisine. But for those who go to Paris for the first time there are some places that must absolutely be visited. The very place where the Orsay Museum stands can be defined as the first work of art in its collections, because it was built in the old station of Orsay, on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900.

Impressionist paintings, such as those of Van Gogh and Monet are the highlights of the museum.

Paris: between famous places and hidden genmas

Montmartre is an irreverent neighborhood, a city within a city, the hill that has seen the lives of Picasso, Van Gogh and Modigliani go by.

Today Montmartre is no longer the irreverent district of Paris, but rather a tourist district, which, however, you cannot help but visit. Notre-Dame de Paris, the elegant, gothic and mysterious cathedral of Paris, is the center of France, because right in front of its entrance is the Zero Point, or the bronze star from which all road distances in France are calculated .

If you are passionate about antiques or you just like to poke your nose among colorful pieces, singular objects, old and current books, you cannot skip the stage of the St-Ouen flea market which takes place three days a week: Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The Latin Quarter, the Marais, the Arc de Triomphe, Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Louvre museum and the Eiffel Tower are obviously the most famous and well-known highlights, symbols of the city in the world.

If you want to see something more special there are the Passages, such as the Passage des Panoramas, small covered streets full of clubs, restaurants and shops.
Buttes-Chaumont Park is off the beaten track; there you can find almost only Parisians running or enjoying a sunny day. La Promenade Plantée is another hidden gem of the city: built on a old-rail road.

Obviously, for all tennis lovers, an afternoon in Bois de Boulogne, home of Roland Garros, is essential!