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No. 352: The Paris Plages

paris_plages-beaches.jpgThere is one more cool thing to love about Paris—the Paris Plages. Sunday was the last day of this annual beach party, and remarkably, the moody sun decided to shine for the two hours we were there.

Okay, so it is not quite the Côte d’Azur, but I think it is one fantastic idea to transform a 4-kilometer stretch of the Right Bank of the Seine into a free fanciful faux beach for one month of the year. We have spent a couple of great afternoons on this urban beach enjoying the sand, sun, and gorgeous setting. It seems a bit strange to be lying out on a comfy beach loungers staring up at the Pont Neuf and the Conciergerie contemplating the fate of Marie-Antoinette, but then, this is Paris.

Some pretty great designers must have been involved in developing this concept and the enthusiastic support of the city government doesn’t hurt. Personally, I love all the different types of seating options available. You can choose from blue loungers on a white sand beach to huge colorful bean bags nearly spilling into the river, to large sail-like sun beds made for two, and café chairs on a freshly laid lawn. There are no shortage of things to keep you occupied: ballroom dancing lessons, swimming pools and misters, trampolines and dirt biking, art studios and playgrounds for kids, free massages for adults, foosball and pétanque, and of course, beachside cafés. The street entertainers run the gamut from classical Chinese zither players to opera singers to in-your-face hip-hop troops. If you can’t figure out what to do, you can ask one of the extremely friendly “plagistes”. Or you can simply admire the professional sandcastle builders as they sculpt their masterpieces while you enjoy your speculoos glace.

Ice cream, sand, friends and sunshine equals a perfect day in Paris.

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look what I found! (Check out my previous post: Eiffel’s Red Café Chair Tower.)

 

 

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  1. That Eiffel Tower made out of cafe chairs was pretty amazing…Nice set of pictures of Paris Plage. We only went once this year; the weather was so crappy that we didn’t think of going! (Suzanne)

    August 19, 2014
    • Thanks Suzanne. I know the weather has been a disappointment this summer. Somehow we managed to find two sunny days to hang out at the beach though. I love the roving red café chair tower. Did you see it when it was on the Champ de Mars in June?

      August 19, 2014
      • No, I had missed it so I was quite pleased to see it at Paris Plage…It must have given a different perspective when it was beside the real one but I never managed to find time to get there…it is quite a trek from our apartment.

        August 19, 2014

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