So summer has finally shown its pretty face in Paris! Temperatures are expected to be at their highest over the next few days and while I know a weekend only consists of two days, I thought I’d share some of the great places for where one can see and be seen soaking up some vitamin D,
1. “Dejeuner sur l’herbe”
A play on words of one of Monet’s more well known impressionist works, this is one of the most celebrated summer past times of the Parisian locals. For the most part, Mairie de Paris tries to conserve as much of its greenery as it can and it may sometimes take a little longer than expected to find a place where you CAN sit on the grass. However, don’t let the interdictions put you off. There are a number of parks around Paris that cater for the picnic enthusiasts, such as the highly celebrated Champ de Mars with it’s million dollar view of the Eiffel Tower, to the lesser known parks beneath La Coulee Verte or the charming edge of Ile de la Cite.
2. La Seine, La Seine, La Seine!
NO, you aren’t allowed to dive in. As tempting as that MAY be, save that for the pool (coming up). Sometimes, parks and pools may appear to be, quite simply, a hot mess. The best way to escape sweaty encounters with the masses is to flaner! Take a stroll along the Seine. A wise man once said:
“To err is human. To stroll is Parisian.” – Victor Hugo
3. Dive in!
As mentioned above, taking a dip in the Seine isn’t recommended (unless you want to be swiftly removed by unimpressed gendarmes) but fear not for there exists many a pool in and around Paris for you to make a splash. Some are indoor, others outdoor ( Piscine Josephine Baker, with, believe it or not, a perfect view of the Seine for that authentic feel), with some catering for both tastes like the Centre Aquatique Neuilly (Sur Seine).
4. Le Marais
Whether it’s shopping up a storm or lazing about in a cutesy little cafe, the Marais is a buzz of activity most weekends, but even more so in the summer! pick up your new summer essentials for a fraction of the cost and end off with a summer treat of Falafels on Rue des Rosiers, supposedly recommended by the man Lenny Kravitz himself.
5. “Take me away, a secret place, a sweet escape…”
So this is about to be slightly controversial, but if you really cant find anything to do after the previous four suggestions, my last try would be to suggest a trip out of the city. Yes, so Versailles and Fontainebleau aren’t IN Paris geographically speaking, but they are a stones throw away by train, and sometimes, a little escape from the city is just what you need. If visiting Versailles, I highly recommend a visit to Marie Antoinette’s apartments and grounds (you may actually want to purposefully get lost in there) as well as taking in the main palace view from the Grand Canal.
So there you have it! five things to do when it sizzles in Paris. There are SO many things going on in Paris at any given moment that it would take forever to list them all, but I felt that these five were what sums up the different aspects of the city the best.
Enjoy the sun! Stay safe, apply suncream, don your floppy hat and your floral dress, and bask in the rays of happiness of those around you!