Summer is here, and that means Paris Plage is once again coming to the city. Paris Plage is an event that transforms the right bank of the Seine into a fun beach with roughly 3,000 tons of sand. This event is well known in Paris, and many people cannot wait for its annual arrival.
From July 20 to August 19, 2012, guests staying at the Hotel Louvre Marsollier can grab a bathing suit and a towel and soak up the sun with thousands of Parisians. Along with a sandy beach allowing visitors relax right next to the Seine, the Paris Plage event also provides a number of other activities for friends and families to enjoy. The atmosphere is both laid-back and lively, with a friendly ambience and something to entertain everyone.
Visitors can choose among activities like miniature golf, a dirt-bike obstacle course, free concerts and play areas for children. Plus, Paris Plage will also present a marathon photo contest that encourages amateur photographers to race around the neighborhood taking great pictures. There is even a temporary library set up near the festivities for beach-goers who want to sit down with a good book.
Like every year, Paris Plage visitors will have access to refreshment stands, petanque terrains (petanque is a traditional but casual French game in which players throw metal balls around a small sandy area), foosball, tai chi sessions and dance lessons. The more adventurous can also try their hand at boating, rowing, kayaking and surfing on artificial waves.
For those who just want to relax, Paris Plage supplies full-length lounge cushions — although you might have to want to get a free one.
This event takes place at the Seine, between Pont Neuf and Hotel de Ville. Paris visitors should not miss their chance to see the event that everyone gets so excited about in July.