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!