"Polish your ping pong in Paris" Paris Sports & Outdoors Tip by CatherineReichardt
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OK, so I know that it's not really called 'ping pong' (and once fell out horribly with a mine manager who was a table tennis enthusiast over my use of this derogatory phrase for his beloved sport), but the alliterative title was too tempting to ignore!
There are a very pleasant string of public open spaces on the southern end of Canal St Martin, which link it to the Place du Bastille (where I assume that the canal ducks underground). These small parks contain playgrounds, petanque venues and these permanent table tennis tables and offer plenty of shade as well as seating for the less active.
When I visited over a glorious late September weekend - when Paris was sweltering in an Indian summer heatwave - it seemed like an ideal way to while away a Saturday afternoon, and it would be a great way to entertain kids who are brimful of pent up energy after a day of sightseeing.
Equipment: You will need to bring your own table tennis bats and balls, but the tables and nets appear to be a fixture.
Directions: Between Canal St Martin and Place du Bastille
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