Paris Plage — Beach Vacation on the Seine

paris plage 2013Parisians wear bathing suits, children play in sandboxes, and adults read steamy novels while relaxing on lawn chairs on a sandy beach.  No, this is not in Normandy, but on the Seine just across from the Île-de-la-Cité.  Paris Plage brings the beach to Paris on the Seine River, making a great venue to relax and let the children play on a “beach” just a skip away from the Louvre and Notre Dame.  From July 20-August 23, the beaches of the Seine in Paris are the place to be. Read More »

Rock En Seine — Summer Rock Festival

rock en seine 2013The summer annual rock festival has once again provided great entertainment to wrap up a vibrant Parisian summer.  The weekend of August 28-30, come out to Parc de Saint Cloud to hear this summer’s hottest bands.   The crowds reach over 20,000 with many people camping out for all 3 days, with other activities available if you need a break from the concerts, including an area for kids.   And, of course, there is the famous festival camping.  Buy tickets now before they sell out.  Read More »

August In Paris — Where To Eat

august restaurant.JPGParis is largely a ghost town in August, as most Parisians are away for the month on holiday on the beaches of Normandy, or down south in the Côte d’Azur.   This means that it can be challenging to find quality restaurants,  boulangerie, or other stores open as many are closed, for the entire month.  This is especially the case with top tier restaurants, as staff take much needed rest from their demanding work.  However, a few good restaurants are open, so all is not lost if you are in Paris during this extended vacances. Read More »

Best Summer Events In Paris

IMGP0800.JPGParis has a full menu of events for summer, from the Open Air Cinema at Parc de la Villette through August 24, to scattered brocante fairs for treasure hunters seeking antique Christofle silver and oil paintings. On the first Sunday of each month the national museums are free and every Sunday bicycle riders can freely experience riding by the Seine in a car-free zone.  Read More »

Tour de France 2015

For its 112th year, Le Tour de France, the world’s premier biking race, began on July 4, and finishes in Paris on Sunday, July 26.  The route stretches in 21 stages, interestingly with the first stage in Utrecht (the Netherlands), winding through Antwerp (Belgium) then through Normandy, Brittany, Bordeaux, the mountainous Pyrénées, to the grand finale on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, on Sunday on July 26.  The winner, in his yellow jersey, will parade with the other cyclists through the streets of Paris,  through Place de la Concorde, before hitting the finish line on the Champs-Élysées.   There are several cafés located on the streets of the Left Bank, so grab a seat early in the morning and sip your café as you wait for the cyclists to rush in and race through the city. Read More »

Summer in Paris


Photograph taken by Hélène Loiré:

Photograph taken by Hélène Loiré:


Ice cream cones drip in the sunlight.  Children laugh with delight as they ride the carrousel in the Jardin des Tuileries.  Women in breezy sundresses sit lazily at a café mid-afternoon.  Friends share wine, cheese, and a baguette for a pique-nique in the park. Stars only begin to sparkle in the sky after 10:00 pm, as shimmers of sunlight give the sky a light hue late into the evening.  And traffic hums on the Champs-Élysées well past 1:30 in the morning.

This is summer in Paris.  Read More »