Hi, it’s me Marimonda!
Today, I’d like to introduce you a summer event in Paris, Paris Plages. You may be surprised to see the parasols and the beach chairs alongside the Seine. That’s one of the Paris Plages.
Began in 2002, Paris Plages(Paris beaches) is a city run event for Parisiens and visitors of Paris. Everyone loves vacations, but as you probably know, French people really value their vacations. Some people even say that they work to have vacations. Paris plages was created for people who can’t leave Paris in Vacance seasons (mostly in July to August) so they can feel as if they are in the beach. It started as a single beach on the Rive Droite, and now it’s extended to the Rive Gauche and even to La Villette. Each year, the event hosts people for about two months. This year, it will be held between 6th July to 1st September.
Most of activities are available for free of charge. You can swim(there are three pools with different depth), have a picnic, play sports such as petanque, beach volleyball, dance, do the zipline, rent a pedal boat, ride a cruise, etc. Free activities are first come, first serve basis, thus you may go early afternoon or in the morning to reserve your spot. I didn’t take pictures of swimming pool so it’s not there, but the pool seemed quite nice. There are also lockers and shower, so if you plan to swim bring your swimming suit and enjoy!
I think it’s a great event and one of the most successful ones organized by the city. With a book and a beach chair, you can have a perfect relaxing day. More activities are ongoing at <La Villette Canal Basin> than the center of the city. It will be good to visit there on weekends. You can check all the events and the places on the official website.
Hope this help you to plan your stay in Paris. See you again 🙂
Date : 6th Jul. – 1st Sep.
Places : city hall, Rives de Seine, La villette Canal Basin