Guest Post by Katie Belle
Many Parisians may leave their native city during the height of the summer, heading for fashionable St. Tropez, Cap d’Agde or the Ile de Ré. Visiting during July or August means the city exudes a happier, less stressed vibe than during other parts of the year, as tourists replace working Parisians. With frequent flights into the city and package options from most countries (e.g. Jet2holidays UK, United US) perhaps their loss is a holidaymaker’s gain.
And, while the best exhibitions at the famous Grand Palais, the Louvre or the Musée díOrsay tend to finish before the height of the summer, indoor culture makes way for outdoor fun and entertainment. There’s no need to travel to the Paloma Plage or the Beaulieu-sur-Mer on the Riviera because, every July and August, the Paris Plages open, creating a Seine-side holiday atmosphere, complete with sandy beaches, deckchairs and palm trees, allowing sun worshippers the chance to relax on the banks of the Seine.
And, while spending summer in the city may be associated with baking hot temperatures, with nowhere to cool down, you simply have to know where to go. Paris is renowned as one of the world’s great walking cities, and, even on the hottest day, shady strolls can still be found in the bouquinistes on the Seine or the narrow medieval streets of the Left Bank.
To truly cool off, you can join the children splashing around in the dancing fountains of the Parc Andre Citroen, built on the site of a former car manufacturing plant. Or take a dip in the Piscine Josephine Baker, which effectively allows you to swim on the river. Built on a barge permanently moored just below the Bastille, its 25 metres offer enough space to splash around in, and thereís a large deck to dry off in the sunshine.
So, while the crowds depart for coastal and countryside resorts, perhaps more joie de vivre can be found by staying to spend summer in the city.