Sitting in an icebox of an office, dreaming of far-flung adventures and the freedom of your youth?
Whether you’re sweltering in the city or going stir-crazy in the country, this is the perfect time of year to just up and leave for an adventure. “Yes, it is,” you think to yourself. “But I’ve got this to do, and that, and…” Oh, come now. We’re talking Paris. Who says “no” to Paris?
There’s plenty going on in the City of Light, too. Concerts, shows, outdoor movies in magnificent jardins. Cool down in museums lined with works embedded in myth and our minds.
10 Things To Do in Paris this Summer
- Summer in the Sweet Nuit
Evenings are unforgettable in Paris, and envelop all your senses. Choose what (or who) to see, hear, taste, feel and touch.
- Aural Pleasure: Festival Rock en Seine is the music festival of the summer. With four stages under the shady trees of Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, the line-up includes Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys and My Chemical Romance, among others.
- Relive the Classics : Cinéma en Plein Air are outdoor screenings of classic films you’ve seen a hundred times or have always wanted to watch. Take a picnic and cop a squat for a free film. This year’s movies include Taxi Driver, West Side Story, The Triplettes de Belleville and When the Cat’s Away.
- Dance Until Dawn: The Java, on the rue de Faubourg du Temple, is one of the oldest music venues in Paris. And while it may not feature the dulcet tones of Edith Piaf anymore, it still holds historic allure. Both a nightclub and a concert hall, you’ll hear a contemporary mix of international sounds to get your groove on.
- Day Dream du Jour
During the day, Paris can be defined by its parks: tranquil, refined and fragrant. Grab a baguette, bottle of cheap wine (there’s no better kind) and hunk of bleu for an afternoon of bliss.
- Parc Floral de Paris: Created as part of a garden festival in 1969, the space has grown into a sanctuary for Parisians looking for a place of calm. The park also hosts the Paris Jazz Festival, combining superb sounds and smells.
- Parc du Belleville: This is the highest park in Paris and boasts the longest cascading water fountain in the city. With a series of zig-zagging walkways weaving through open lawns and gardens, Belleville works the body and soul. At the low end of the park are shallow pools, perfect for cooling off.
- Jardin du Luxembourg: The second-largest park in Paris, located in the 6th arrondissement, the park also houses the Luxembourg Palace. This storied park features prominently in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, and contains over 100 statues, monuments, and fountains scattered throughout the grounds.
- Life’s a Beach: Now in its 10th year, the Paris Plage returns bigger and better than ever. In the center of Paris, dig your toes in the sand and relax under a traditional blue parasol. New this year, giant deck chairs designed by stage designer Jean-Christophe Choblet. This is Paris – even chaise lounges are couture.
There are three beach sites for 2011 – but come August 21st – the sand sifts away.
The Georges Pompidou Expressway in central Paris
The La Villette Basin in the 9th arrondissement
The square in front of the Hôtel de Ville in the 4th arrondissement
- Artfully Cool Down
Wherever you live, you may try to beat the heat in a mall or big-box store. Not in Paris. Not when there are museums that are as famous as the art they hold : The Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre, the Pompidou. Discover new artists and meditate over masterpieces. And certainly, don’t waste a single moment waiting on line for tickets. With the Paris Museum Pass, you can skip the line at 60 museums in and around Paris, and pay just once for admission. Want to go back and see the Mona Lisa? Walk right in. You’ll even save monumental time at the Arc de Triomphe and the Pantheon.Talk about elevating travel to an art form.
Suggestions for weekend breaks and outings in Paris Ile-de-FranceAll information about Paris Ile-de-France is available on new-paris-idf.com.A selection of museums, monuments, bars, restaurants, secret places, events and guides… to discover Paris and surroundings.