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  • Rive Droite de la Seine
    Bassin de la Villette

    75001 Paris
    Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre, 1er

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  • 5.0 star rating
    Listed in Paris 2012

    What we're really reviewing here are the sandy "beaches" that France's socialist mayor has been installing for several summers now, to even things out between those people who can afford to jet off to a beach community for the summer and those who can't afford to leave town.  Paris is hardly coastal property, so tons of sand are hauled in around mid-July and retained until mid-August and those who are still in town milk the fun out of every cubic centimeter.  

    Really, I've never seen so many "beach goers" enjoying so little space in my life.    Parties, picnics, booze, pot, sex, romance, music, games, fun.  From bridge to bridge for several bridges running, the walls of the Seine are lined with little sandy pockets where kids and adults, young and old, rejoice in their little slice of beach.

    The whole thing is free, officially open until around 11:30 p.m., and incredibly well-executed.  Some "blocks" are sand only, others have food and drink, others have chairs, a playground, a petanque court (and petanque sets too, just ask).  It was impossible to resist dipping my toe into the sandy "beach" of the Seine, strolling along the "coast", or kicking back in one of the chairs with a baguette and a drink.  

    I've heard some other cities emulate this ritual but they've messed it up by charging admission.  Being a huge "all beaches should be free of charge always" person I was immensely pleased to see just how right Paris got this one.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in here

    How fun!

    French line dancing, misters, tons of ice cream, champagne, sand, loungers, Pétanque, foosball, galettes, crepes, and the Seine what else could a girl ask for?

    The kids are playing in the sand, moms are laid out getting the sun, men are playing petanque, and for a quick second your forget we're in the heart of a city.  

    I subtract one star because the maps are backwards.  They show the river on the opposite side that youre walking, so its a bit precarious to figure out.  Silly map makers!

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