Friday, July 23, 2010

The Artificial Beaches of Paris

A section of the pedestrian bank along the river Seine in the centre of Paris, has been designated the "Paris Beach" and has become a summer attraction in the city. Thousands of tons of sand are imported along with full size palm trees, beach chairs and chaise-lounges to create what may be the only artificial "beach" in Europe. It's bizarre, but the French love it.

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Initially there was a single beach on the Rive Droite in 2002. In 2006 a second beach was added on the Rive Gauche. The third beach was added this summer on the River Seine. The scheme has proven a major success -  the number of visitors has grown each year and topped four million in 2007. Every season, new features are added which include a shuttle ferry linking the two riverbanks, a floating swimming pool, and another beach area at La Villette, in the northeast corner of the city.

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6 comments:

  1. "It's bizarre, but the French love it."
    NO WAY! I'm French and I live in Paris and I absolutely don't love it... They close a very usefull road crossing Paris for 2 monthes to do that, it's a shame and what about kids playing in sand where the dogs and rats piss at night? Don't go there... definitely...

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  2. Oh, come on. All beaches are dirty. Does that mean you never go to a beach?

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  3. If you let your kids eat poop, your problem, I don't want mines to...

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  4. hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!

    "If you let your kids eat poop, your problem, I don't want mines to..."

    lol....I think you should be concerned about the fact that your kids are eating sand at all....

    wow.....thanks for the laugh!

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  5. ahahah what a tool ... "they close a very usefull road" like driving your fucking car thru the center of the city is so fucking important, much more than allowing 1000s of people to have a little fun in the summer... Whatever. Tho it's not perfect, the beach is good clean fun and free for everyone, which is not that bad.

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