Did you know that every summer, two miles of the Seine (near the Pont Neuf) is turned into Paris Plage (Paris Beach), a beach complete with white sand and sunbeds? It’s free to play petanque and volleyball plus there’s entertainment, from comedy to trip-hop. The summer transforms Paris. The cityscape dons greenery and the riverside thoroughfares become car-free resorts, its ths start of The Paris Plages.
Inaugurated in 2002, Paris Plages is a free summer event that transforms several spots in Paris into full-fledged beaches, each with a distinct theme. The brainchild of Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, has become a permanent fixture in the Parisian summertime scene. For several weeks, the roads along the Seine are closed, and a “beach” is created. Mid-July through August, over 2,000 tons of white sand is brought onto the banks from Ile St. Louis to the Jardin des Tuileries for this temporary beach party.Potted palm trees are placed, beach chairs and umbrellas are arranged. A second stretch, along the Canal de l’Ourcq (75019/Metro Stalingrad), also draws crowds with yet more concerts, outdoor games and sand. Just one word of warning – don’t get carried away. You’re not in Saint Tropez and Paris’s waters are not fit for swimming in! According to project designer Jean-Christophe Choblet, the aim of this beach is lazing and strolling by the water. Bet you never thought you’d have to pack your bucket and spade for a weekend in Paris! Paris Plages 2011 remains open daily between July 21st to August 21st, from 8:00 a.m. to midnight. In 2011, Paris Plages has three main locations: on the square in front of City Hall (Hotel de Ville), along the right banks of the Seine river on the Georges Pompidou Expressway, and along the Quai de la Villette in northeastern Paris. For your stay in paris, why not take advantage of our promotion: ‘Summer in Paris’ in both Fraser Suites Harmonie Paris La Defense and Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysees to discover this magnificent city or stroll around the seine for a quick sunbathing session! . All offers for Frasers Suites Paris can be found on frasershospitality.com or email email@example.com. Fraser Suites Harmonie is a stately sanctuary in the Parisian city of La Défense. Its luxury apartments provide short or long-term accommodation in a warm and vibrant atmosphere and feature beautifully contemporary styled residences complemented by highly personalised and intuitive service. Ideally situated in the futuristic business district of La Défense, just after the Pont de Neuilly by the River Seine, the serviced residence is within easy reach of some of the world’s most renowed landmarks – the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde and Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre. As well as being home to many international trade fairs, conferences and meetings, La Defense is alive with exhibitions, concerts and theatrical performances that take place in
the CNIT or on the roof of the Arche. It also boasts a mouthwatering variety of restaurants, fashionable stores and outdoor entertainments. Fraser Suites Le Claridge is one of the most dramatic hotels in Paris: right on the Champs-Elysées, with sweeping views over classic façades, Parisian rooftops and a tranquil courtyard. No wonder stars from Ella Fitzgerald to Ray Charles have chosen to stay in this magnificent early 1900s Paris hotel. The stunning historic central Paris hotel, now part of the globally renowned Frasers Hospitality group, offers 110 spacious Paris apartments and studios for long or short-term rental.
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