When people ask me what they should pack for their upcoming trip to Paris, I do not usually include flip-flops, beach towels, and sand toys in my recommendations. However, if you are planning to come to Paris between now and August 17, you might consider throwing those things in your suitcase. It’s that time again- Paris Plages- when segments of the Seine are transformed into a tropical wonderland. Well, almost.
I always enjoy taking pictures of this annual free event, which was designed to be a treat for those forlorn Parisians who are not able to flee to the beach this time of year, when so many others do. There are fun activities like sand castle competitions and dance lessons, and plenty of beach chairs for those who prefer to simply close their eyes and imagine the sound of the pounding surf.
This summer the Louvre is getting in on the beach action. Activities designed to involve children in art are scheduled in this space.
I loved this Eiffel Tower made of bistro chairs.
And of course, a cute play area for the kids.
I have never drunk a glass of rosé on the beach before, but this seems like the perfect beach to try it.