My last day in Paris was finally cool enough that I was excited about exploring the city’s temporary beach along the Seine, or “Paris Plages”. I experienced it when I first arrived in Paris two Augusts ago, but last summer I arrived too late, so I was pleased to see that my short summer visit would overlap with the beach scene in Paris.
Each summer, the city does a spectacular job of bringing the beach to Parisians who are not fortunate enough to flee the city, and for the delighted tourists who never thought they would be on a Paris beach. The beach is constructed along two large stretches of the Seine, and includes sand (obviously), umbrellas, beach chairs, play areas for kids, misters, chaise lounges, palm trees, restaurants, snacks, water fountains, and bath rooms. There are also many concerts scheduled during the time the beach is open, which is July 20-August 18 this year. I think it’s an amazing feat for the City of Paris (and its sponsors), and the best part is that, other than the food and drink for sale, it’s all free!
I was there late this morning and had no problem finding chairs in the shade, where I sat back and watched all the activity along the beach. I took a lot of pictures, so go grab your sunscreen and your floaties, and enjoy the Paris Plages!
The Paris Plages website has more photos, if you just can’t get enough of the beach.
Hang ten, mes amis!