Summer in the city, even the most beautiful city in the world, is hot. Enter Paris Plage (Paris Beach). For the 9th year in a row, the city has transformed the banks of the Seine into a series of mini summer resorts, all in the name of cooking off.
In central Paris, the beach follows Voie Georges Pompidou, from Pont de Sully (near the Bastille) to Pont des Arts (near the Louvre). Its 3 kilometers contain sand, palm trees, shaded deck chairs, ice cream parlors, climbing walls, tai chi areas, a swimming pool, concert stage, and boules courts.
Dance lessons take place weekday evenings from 7-8 pm near Pont Neuf – choose from waltz on Mon nights, cha-cha and salsa on Tues, and tango on Thurs.
At Bassin de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement, the beach stretches from Rotonde de Ledoux (near the Jaurès Métro) to the former Magasins Généraux (Rue de Crimée). It features a water-sports complex, with row boats, kayaks, pedal boats and dinghies, as well as picnic areas, restaurants, boules and fencing.
About 150, 000 people cool off at Paris Plage daily. The beaches are open 8am – midnight and activities are free, through Aug 20. For concert and activity info, maps, and videos (in French), check the website.