Vamos a la Playa! After weeks of grey skies and rainy weather, Parisians put on their flip flops and swimsuits and headed to the beach this morning. They didn't have to travel far because the city of Paris has been creating an artificial beach along the Seine for its residents and guests since 2002. With deck chairs, ice cream vendors, bands, street performers and the smell of suntan lotion in the air, Stéphane and I felt as if we had been magically transported to a seaside locale.
To enhance the illusion, here's the song that used to blast from the speakers of our little Fiat Uno as we whizzed along the highway from Switzerland to the beaches of Italy, Monaco or France. Listening to it now, I realize that it's not a great song. But in those days, it was synonymous with freedom. No work, no worries...just long luxurious hours spent relaxing on the beach.
Please click here for additional information about Paris Plages in English. Both the beach along the Seine and at the Bassin de la Villette offer free activities, such as Tai-chi classes, ballroom dancing in the evenings, pedal boots, boules and more. Paris Plages runs from July 20 - August 19, 2012.
|Playing in the mist.|