Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Paris Plage - the Paris beach

A beach in Paris? It seems like a bizarre idea, but each year during July and August two miles of the bank of the Seine are turned into a beach. White sand, palm trees and parasols are lined along the Seine close to the Hotel de Ville in Paris. The Paris beach, or Paris Plage, was first introduced in 2002, and although it was branded as crazy by the Socialist mayor Bertrand Delanoe, it is now a successful annual event.

Parisions and visitors take to the beach not only to sunbathe, but to take part in the free beach activities on offer, including beach volleyball and boules. The Paris beach hosts numerous concerts throughout the summer, as well as providing a great place to lie down and absorb the calming atmosphere of the riverside. From comedy to dance acts, the bizarrely located beach offers a variety of entertainment for everyone.

Paris is usually popular with couples, groups and families looking for a busy sightseeing city break. The city is packed with world famous landmarks, shops, bars, cafes and restaurants serving traditional French food along with cuisine from all over the world.

Many visitors head straight to the Eiffel Tower when in Paris, but there's so much more to see and do. The transport in Paris is excellent with a fast and efficient metro system. Using the metro means that you can visit all of the best sights all over the city. Popular visitor attractions in Paris are the Champs Elysees with its fantastic range of shops and designer boutiques, the stunning Sacre Coeur, the Moulin Rouge, the Louvre and much more! The city has many museums, art galleries, Seine boat trips and open bus open tours to enjoy.

Cheap flights are available from many UK airports direct to Charles de Gaulle airport, and accommodation is in abundance in Paris. Budget travellers can take advantage of the low cost airlines and cheap hotels. Holiday makers with a little more to spend can stay in the grand hotels in the centre of the city.

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