If you happen to be in Paris anytime between 20th July and 20th August, bring your bathing suit as you could have the chance to go sunbathing in a sandy ground infront of the Seine. And if you are travelling with kids, there’s a lot of activities for them that you can even go out on a date with the hubby and leave them not bored a single bit!
The Paris Plage is now on its 8th year and it’s getting better and better! What amazes me most is that, everything about there is free (except if you want to go for a meal, beer or ice cream of course) and in this Recession environment, it’s like Utopia!
This summer activity organized by Paris City Hall is very popular among Parisians who are unable to take their holidays out of the city, unlike the large majority who have already made their exodus earlier
A total of 2.8 kilometer Seine riverside has been set aside for “beach” activities
Being a design freak, I enjoyed exploring the many beach chair creations, all geared towards relaxing mind and body
But others find it too relaxing!
The Paris Plage is not only for pleasure, it’s also for learning art, culture, sports and developing environmental consciousness among others
Teachers are on site to give demo on Paper Recycling
An art corner for children
There’s also a stage show for tots
One way of having a sexy-body photo
Trampoline for kids
They call it “baby-foot” in French; “table soccer” in English
For adults, this is the most popular French ball game, “Petanque”
BMX for 16 year olds and below. I learned something from this cycle sport: you must remain standing while cycling!
A commercial shoot is underway…
They are called “Spheres” in French, rolling spheres i thought, as opposed to floating spheres if they are on the water. If I was young kid, I’d like to try this!
Water fountains are installed everywhere in the Paris Plage. You are really spoilt for choice here! Errr…these two are the patrolling policemen on bikes.
These water sprays are great for dried-up passers-by like me, but I had to protect my camera…
This shower drum is just as good as any kind of shower
But the real star of the show is the swimming pool (in blue, above), photography is prohibited so just use your imagination
They just love getting tanned!
This road is normally busy with cars but is currently closed in favor of “beach” goers
That’s real sand!
A sightseeing boat enjoying the sight
A newspaper boy on bike
A beach crew giving away brochures/maps so people have a better idea what to expect in the Paris Plage
A police boat …..
I know….. you want a close-up shot so here they are!
And last but not least,