If a Parisian can't get to the beach...they bring beaches to Paris.
Oh my God, I love the French. I love Parisians. I love the way they grasp life with both hands, unappologetically, boldly, and still with humor. I love that they bring the beaches to Paris.
That beautiful city, the one I practically stalk on Facebook and Instagram, has been in the midst of a heatwave, and much of the city is closed up for the month long vacation Europeans are known for. My social media newsfeeds have been full of pictures of picnics, friends lounging in the sun, and now, the banks of the Seine that have been turned into tropical paradise. For the poor souls who can't escape the city during the month of August, they still have a beach.
I admit, I love everything about this. I love the indulgence. I love the celebration of summer. I love the unabashed embrace of the slightly ridiculous. I love that they give themselves exactly what they want and need. We have a lot to learn from Parisians.
If you're looking to spend some time in Paris in late July and August, here's a few things to keep in mind:
1. Air Conditioning is not ubiquitous. If you're looking for a vacation rental, don't assume there's AC- it will be listed in the apartment description if it does.
2. You might not need the AC. I can remember talk of heatwaves, the rare weeks that Paris is hot enough you'll want the AC, most of the time it's a non issue.
3. A lot of places are closed in August. Depending upon your ability to tolerate crowds this might be a very good thing, the city is quieter and even Gweneth Paltrow has been quoted as preferring Paris in August.
4. Make sure that what you want to see and do is going to be open before booking your late summer stay.
5. Lastly, don't forget to back a swim suit. At the end of summer, Paris has BEACHES!!