After hearing about "Paris Plages" for the past couple of months, I wasn't going to let the grey skies and cool weather keep me from enjoying the beach along the Seine yesterday. From July 21 until August 21, you can relax under an umbrella, play a game of petanque, take a Tai Chi course, build a sand castle, or dance the night away. And the best part is that all of the activities are completely free from 8:00 a.m. until midnight! One of the beaches stretches from the Pont des Arts to the Pont de Sully, while the other beach is located at the Bassin de la Villette.
|Sleeping Beauty's Castle is sponsored by Disneyland Paris.|
If you feel inspired after seeing Sleeping Beauty's Castle, there are plenty of free sand toys to make your own creation, although you probably won't need a team of seven sculptures from five different countries to help you. The castle, which is made out of 40 tons of sand, will be inaugurated by Micky Mouse on July 23.
But if playing in the sand isn't your thing, challenge your partner to a game of petanque. This stylish English woman, one of the few people who was wearing flip flops instead of boots on the beach, was very amenable when I asked if I could take a picture of her in action. Unfortunately, she didn't know that it was going to take me such a long time to get a good photo! I'm not sure that her husband was very pleased about all of the extra practice because she was already quite a good shot and the score wasn't in his favor!
And don't worry that the beach was completely empty on opening day. These people looked very comfortable and didn't appear to mind the cool weather.
For more information, please click here to visit the official Paris Plages website in English.