OK, so this is the confirmation that summer has definitely arrived – Paris Plage is back at the Bassin de la Villette and along the Seine (near our hotels!) with loads of activities on offer and quite a lot of new stuff this year…
If you want proof that there’s a lot going on at Paris Plages, you need only look at the map of each site (here for the section along the Seine, here for the Bassin de la Villette). While the Summer Canal Festival is only on at weekends, Paris Plages is every day of the week!
Let’s first take a look at what’s going on along the Seine, known as the Rives de Seine. There’s:
— wooden sculptures by sixteen sculptors who use workshops made available by the city. You’ll find them between the Notre-Dame bridge and the Arcole bridge,
— short comedy shows by five comedians on Thursday 11th, 18th and 25th July from 7-9pm, lasting 5-10 minutes,
— eco-friendly workshops for kids to help them get use to recycling and responsible consumption,
— balls and dance lessons (salsa, rock, oriental music…),
— boules, table football, giant chess games,
— meet ‘n’ greets with Parisian policewomen and policemen to get a better understanding of what their job entails,
— acrobatics workshops for 5-17 year-olds, where you can (allegedly) learn to fly…
For the full list of everything going on, click here.
And on the other side of town, on the Bassin de la Villette, there are :
— workshops around the Romantic Paris exhibitions, a presentation based on the Back Side / Dos à la Mode exhibition at the Bourdelle Museum, and 30-minute activities organised by the Louvre,
— free swimming in the canal, with 1,600m² of water in three pools of various depths (and 2-4 water quality tests per day),
— a water-sport base with canoe polo, stand-up paddle, rowing and more,
— a zipwire that will get you across the canal at 8 metres over the water,
… and a lot more (of course). The full list is here!