Paris: Sur la Plage

The month of August is like no other in Paris. Tens of thousands of residents leave for their annual holiday and signs firmly stating "FERMÉ" are a regular and often disappointing notice that favorite shops, florists, bistros and museums are closed until after the 31st.

But a festive transformation takes place along The Seine when the Paris Plages (Paris Beaches) program is launched. Riverside roadways are closed, tons of sand are brought in by barge and then fashioned into inviting beaches dotted with blue umbrellas, deck chairs and even palm trees! And it's all free.
    You can stroll along, play beach vollyball, enjoy refreshments or just relax with a summer novel, all within view of the Eiffel Tower.

Pétanque boules are provided free for play along the temporary courts.

Paris Plages is a hugely successful event each year. Wriggling your toes in the sand while enjoying the parade of life in Paris certainly seems like the best of both worlds! À bientôt!


  1. How fun! I was in Paris in August of 1987, but I don't think they had Paris Plages then! But it was still a great time to be there~~not too crowded :~)

  2. I've never made it to Paris in August since they started the beach along the Seine. It looks like another world! Wonder after the big success of beach volleyball in London if they would consider a beach along the Thames!

  3. Wow, what a beautiful shade of blue in all the photos.

  4. Wonderful post -very inspiring for a trip to Paris!
    Thank you so much!

    :-) Dorthe

  5. Maravillosas imagenes!!!

    Los Mundos de Nika Vintage

  6. Beautiful insight to the plages, thank you for sharing!

  7. lovely...looks like so much fun! your photos are just delightful...

  8. Hi Georgianna,

    Wonderful photos and what fun to be able to walk sur la plage, within the view of the Eiffel Tower. Have heard of this taking place, so was great to see.

    Happy rest of the week

  9. Wow G, that is the absolute coolest thing ever! Amazing! xo

  10. Those Parisians sure do know how to live! First they take half the month off and then the beach is brought to their doorstep almost! My goodness that seems odd to an american. Not sure that's my kind of beach as I prefer walking on the waters edge, but when you're landlocked you just have to make the best of it I suppose. Lovely!

  11. Paris, la ville lumière. So lovely!!!!!!!!!

  12. Fabulous blog, have a nice day Radka :).

  13. What a fabulous idea! I'd be in that...definitely!

  14. I found your blog.....great job...I love paris!

  15. This post is AMAZING:) I myself are going to Nice in two weeks and I adore France
    come back visit me soon:)

    have a great week dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se

  16. This is so much fun ! Why aren't we doing the same here in North America, closing everything for a whole month, it would be awesome, but maybe not for the economy !
    A beautiful post Georgianna !


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