Paris Plage: The Beach Comes To Paris

 

Alexander III Bridge, Paris © Barbara Hopkins

So far the great British summer shows no sign of playing ball, but anyone heading to Paris can do just that on the beach at Paris Plage from this Friday (July 20th) as  5000 tonnes of sand have been shipped from Normandy for this great Parisian summer extravaganza, turning the banks of the Seine into a fabulous beach experience.

With temperatures at an unrecognisable (for us) 80 degrees, Paris Plage is about to transform the riverbank of the Seine once more: a month of sun loungers and parasols, bars and ice cream.

But there’s much more to Paris Plage than lazing the day away with a paperback in one hand and a cocktail in the other. The more energetic may want to try petanque, bowling or football. Try out Tai Chi, or Ballroom Dancing! The really great news is that all events are free, just pay for your ice creams, food and drinks.

This year the event has undergone some changes and some of the attractions will be at the Parc de la Villette (Av Jean Jaures, 19th arrt). The small matter of work on the Georges Pompidou Expressway doesn’t get in the way of Paris Plage! The central Paris location will be between the Tuileries gardens and Pont d’Arcole.

The front of the Hôtel de Ville (town hall) becomes a focus for music and sport as four days of free music events begin today (19th), followed by the installation of giant screen which will show the highlights of the Olympics from the opening ceremony on July 27th through to the close on August 12th.

There lots of free events for the children including Beach Ludo and a mini Olympic village; at the Parc de la Villette there’s lots of water-based activities including pedal-boats, canoes and mini-golf.

To get to Paris Beaches on the Georges Pompidou (central Paris):                            Metro: Louvre-Rivoli Stations (Line 1) Pont Neuf (line 7), Châtelet (Lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 14), Hotel de Ville (lines 1, 11).

RER: Châtelet-Les Halles (lines A, B, D)

Batobus: Station Hotel de Ville

Bassin de la Villette : Metro: Jaures Stations (Lines 2, 5, 7a), Crimea (Line 7), Laumière (Line 5).

There’s lots more info here: http://en.parisinfo.com/

Have a great time!  À bientôt…..

 

 

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