As a final piece de resistance our trail led us into our hare’s favourite park, le Butte Chaumont where visitors and home hashers marvelled alike at the view from the top of the citadel in the park with Sacre Coeur in the background and then down through the caves and waterfalls in the park. Stunning as agreed by all and between thee and me I think had our visitor Just Peter been of the inclination he might have proposed to our hare there and then for such a fantastic tour of Paris.
Run 821 – EastEnders (or should that have been hill lovers anonymous?!)
November 29, 2012 by Paris Hash House Harriers
The hash dawned somewhat grey and uncertain and also with the awkward question of whether the hash cash would stretch to cover parking fines, but luckily our highly trained athletes made it to their cars in time to escape the fines from the parking police. After this shaky start, and some even shakier explanations of hash trail marks from our hare, Just Stupid, (as demonstrated by the confused looks on peoples faces in this photo)
the intrepid hashers set off on the trail into the Parc de la Villette. Sadly the runners set off one runner short, Speedy our favourite beermeister was still looking for a parking spot but gave the ok for the rest of the group to make a start and stop freezing their precious parts off while waiting. The plan was for him to join the walkers along their trail and the runners from the beer stop but as with all good plans, well they don’t always come together…. but more on that later!
So onto the actual run… well once again our hare proved how well he knows his corner of Paris and managed to take the runners through no less than 3 parks and some great real estate – who knew there were actually houses in Paris and not just apartment buildings?!?!???! The runners took off into the Parc de la Villette and straight away the FRBs made themselves known… visitor Yokomono who proved to be a speedy little thing, though one with a penchant for missing markings and just running for what seemed to be the joy of running (is she really a hasher?!) and quelle surprise our own GM the Anarchist!! After some trails through the park, under bridges, round playgrounds and various other delights of the Parc de la Villette, as promised at the start of the run the musical stop was discovered. Sadly our walkers missed out as this was somewhat off their piste, but I’m sure directions for future visits can be provided for a small fee…. Anyhow back to the music stop, well I don’t think even the most intrepid of hashers had ever seen anything like it. The trail led us into a little courtyard surrounded by circular concrete walls and somehow (and this engineer is still struggling to figure out exactly how) there was music from the air travelling between the two layers of walls even when there was very little wind..!? This music stop was pretty special and was delivered in style!
After the music portal the trail is somewhat blank in this hashers head, there was definitely more park and then there must have been some streets as we somehow made our way to the next pretty park, the Parc de Chapeau Rouge and more importantly the beer stop. We were led a merry trail to get to the stop but it included some very impressive views and you could tell our visitors, Al Quaida Ralph and Yokomono, were visitors when they fell for the check point positioned at a point where you could see the entrance to what seemed to be a park. However they still decided to go looking for the trail when there was obviously a park at the end of one of the choices of routes. The hardened Paris hashers waited for them to return before pointing out that if there’s a park in view, the route is surely going to go into it, even if it is a false trail !!
Within aforementioned park there was a hash view, sadly not of the Eiffel Tower rather the banlieu but hey it was still a photo op. The trail then led us to the walkers, the beer and the chocolates.. however the walking group was still one hasher short…. Speedy was obviously severely spooked by the close brush with the law and taking his beermeister duties to the extreme decided to drive around for the best part of the afternoon to ensure he could secure a legal parking space so that he could be sure the hash beer and bouffe were not impounded by overeager parking police. Phone calls were made (technology ban lifted for instances like these) and apparently our beermeister was somewhere in the park. From our view point/beer stop on the hill various hashers started to play “Spot the Speedy”….. until the next word from the hare on the phone was that the park Speedy was actually in was not the beer stop park but the On-In park… and so the run continued still one hasher short.
Our hare had promised all would be downhill from the various hills climbed to get to the beer stop, however he appeared to have lied because all the hashers with a beer sloshing inside them were forced to run up a few more hills before starting to make their way back down the other side, passing through very cute passages of terraced houses that not many were aware existed. Passing the walkers on one of these traverses, helping someone unload their lino from the car into the house, gaining bay leaves on route… all just part of a standard Paris run of course….
The group regrouped and found Speedy, parked somewhat illegally (go figure!) ready to serve beer and peanuts. There were many downdowns in the circle including those for visitors, returnees, private hashes by car (hmm.. I wonder who?!), technology on trail, illegal use of non hash names in the circle, and I’m sure the list would have been longer but it was getting far too cold, dark and the group was far too hungry and thirsty to wait much longer for the proper bouffe and drinking to start.
Another fantastic Paris run with a major announcement –
CHRISTMAS PARTY 15 DECEMBER!!! All hashers welcome!!!!!