Saturday, April 10, 2010

Morning Stretch


I thought we'd stay a while longer at the Centre Pompidou. This is a sight that I see all over Birmingham but rarely in Paris. I'm sure people run, but I'm not sure where. I've spotted a few runners in the Palais Royal Gardens but not so much anywhere else. Do Parisians care less about staying physically fit? Maybe they walk so much, they are too tired to run? Or perhaps they'd rather sit outside a café and sip wine instead ? Je ne sais pas.

12 comments:

Shell Sherree said...

I liked to think they stay fit purely from walking elegantly {never running, perish the thought} and good genes, but someone whispered in my ear that they actually visit gyms. I was shocked.

Peter said...

Jardin de Luxembourg (didn't you see any runners?), Bois de Boulogne (didn't you see any?), Bois de Vincennes (have you been?)...

Tomorrow is the Paris Marathon (I'm not participating).

Virginia said...

Peter,
I really don't remember them at Luxembourg but maybe at Bois de Boulogne. Guess I was too busy photographing those lovely rowboats that day! HA
Vincennes, not been there. Should that go on the list or not? As for the marathon, I think you're wise! HA

Shell,
I don't think they exercise as much as Americans because they don't have all that extra weight to try and take off!

Daryl said...

I dont 'get' running .. bouncing body parts, achy legs, sweating ... I bet Parisians get exercise in strenuous ways ... indoors ..

Virginia said...

Daryl,
I must agree. I don't "get" it either. As I've said, everything I have is moving south already, why would I speed up the process! I love a brisk walk any day and everything "stays put" for the most part.
V

Katie said...

Oooh nice shapely, um, buildings and such there at the Pompidou. Hee hee. (I like that you captured the big gold flower pot in the background.) I don't see a lot of joggers in Paris either, even in the parks, but my friend who lives there goes to the gym and says it's usually really crowded there. I think the Parisians must prefer to do their exercising out of the public eye. Bummer as I'd enjoy seeing guys like this jogging past as I sat and sipped wine at a café.

Starman said...

There are a lot of runners along the quais. And don't forget, they have that weekly ten-mile skating party every Friday.

FireLight said...

V, this was Larry's favorite building! He will love this post!

Virginia said...

Starman,
I'm not running and I'm not skating either! HA

Firelight,
Really????

katie,
Well I"m not sure about this guy. The black socks are a turnoff pour moi, but the rest is ok! :)

Vagabonde said...

It is strange in a way – the French don’t exercise as much as the Americans, but they live longer. They also have half as much Alzheimer and less heart disease. It could be that they eat better and walk more, but I am not sure why this is.

Virginia said...

Vagabonde,
One need only look at the French and compare the weight of Americans. It is startling. From what I've learned, they eat a healthier diet, and they eat to live, not live to eat, and I think I'm as guilty of that as anyone here. Also , they walk and ride bicycles instead of jumping in the car to drive two blocks. In my city we have no real public transportation so it's not an option for me. In Paris, I would love to know how many miles I walk a day, not counting those damnable Metro stairs that I curse daily!

JM said...

The right timing! Great capture, V.!