Thursday, August 04, 2005

Paris Plage

The 4th annual Paris Plage is in full swing. About two miles of the road along the right bank of the Seine is turned into a "beach" thanks to tons of imported sand where people can lay in hammocks, walk through sprinklers, eat a picnic, swim in a public pool (but not in the Seine!), jump on a trampoline, play volleyball... really it is quite a set up and there are tons of activities from which to choose. So successful, it is now widely imitated throughout France and around Europe.

Volleyball in front of the Hotel de Ville

Since 2005 is the year of Brazil in France, it is also the theme of the Paris Plage. There are samba and capoeira classes at the beach too!

I was surprised to see that this year there are actually souvenir stations at the Paris Plage. You can buy beach towels, watches, mugs and shirts with the Paris Plage logo. It's pricey, but cute.

-- said Auntie M in Paris
3:18 PM



people's creativity delights me ... what a wonderful idea.

# posted by Becca : 4:14 PM  

What a clever idea!

And the flowers in the last post...

# posted by BohemianMama : 5:05 PM  

The idea of a beach right on the Seine is such an unlikely idea that it actually works - some people sure knew the right thing that was needed. Such a likely absurd idea and it works! This one I've go to see. And this year the ambiance of Brazil is added - wonderful.

Hope the move is going well, Terry in SF

# posted by Anonymous : 8:51 PM  

I had heard about that (I guess after the first one - didn't know it's become an annual tradition).

Gosh, it sounds like fun.

# posted by Donna : 12:21 AM  

Wow. That sounds wonderful!!!

# posted by Melody : 5:41 AM  

when i read the first sentence, i thought you wrote 'paris plague'!

the event sounds like so much fun. my goodness, i really can't imagine having to handle all that sand though.

# posted by kristin : 7:11 PM  

Only a week to go and I will be there too!
Sounds fabulous!

# posted by Anne : 6:57 PM  

the only problem is the lack of sun this year on Paris :-(

# posted by negrito : 7:18 PM  

Hi! i just want to say you've done such a wonderful job documenting this past year in Paris. Thank you so much.

Looking forward to your next stage....whatever it will be.

# posted by Raehan : 3:27 AM  

How fun! What a great idea. Wish I could see it!

# posted by Christine : 5:41 AM  

Monday, 7:21 PDT

We miss you, Auntie M!

# posted by Ingredient Sleuth : 4:21 AM  

WOW Playing beach volleyball in front of such a beautiful building! I'm jealous! Keep posting!

# posted by Peterpans Gurl : 1:44 AM  

can anyone tell me when the 'beach' closes...
i.e. end of season please

# posted by Anonymous : 3:06 PM  

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