Christmas is on its way. It's time to get moving! But I don't mean with your Christmas shopping, cards or holiday parties. Put all of that aside for an hour and jog on over to L'île aux Cygnes because the City of Paris has recently installed a free outdoor fitness center on the tip of the narrow tree-lined island. Complete with small climbing walls, ladders, suspension bikes and different machines to work your muscles, you can contemplate the Eiffel Tower and the boats on the Seine as you work off all the foie gras and champagne. Best of all, you can exercise whenever it suits your busy holiday schedule because the entire area is lit at night and protected from the rain by Pont de Grenelle. To avoid injury, be sure to read the instructions panels on each machine.
Located in the 15th and 16th arrondissements, visitors most frequently associate L'île aux Cygnes (Isle of the Swans) with the Statue of Liberty. Standing at the very tip of the island, she gazes westward towards her famous sibling in New York City and bears a tablet with the inscription IV Juillet 1776 = XIV Juillet 1789, in honor of the American Independence Day and Bastille Day, respectively.
L'île aux Cygnes
Access from Pont de Grenelle and Pont de Bir-Hakeim
If you need a little reward after your workout, I highly recommend the apple pies at the nearby Poilâne Bakery at 49 Boulevard de Grenelle.
|Fresh air, beautiful view - exercising can't get much better than this!|
|A Parisian studying (rather skeptically?) one of the exercise machines.|
|The exercise machines also make handy seats to rest and drink some juice.|