" Paris is always a good idea"
We all know this famous quote from Audrey Hepburn; but is this true for the summer too?
I mean, summer in France means a looooong holiday ( for the French) and nothing else gets done, right?
Well, you'll be surprised....
Paris is visually stunning even the rain, an open-air architectural vision and in the sunshine is even more breath-taking:
summer brings out the best in Paris—long days and nights when you can enjoy walking out and about, stunning views, the outdoors whilst perhaps sipping cocktails on elegant terraces, dining al fresco, even a picnic while taking in a movie en plain air.
There are many gorgeous parks in Paris from big ( Bois de Vincennes, Bois de Boulogne, Buttes-Chaumont, Parc Floral, Parc de la Villette, Parc de Belleville
), to elegant ( Palais-Royal, Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardins des Plantes
), to the in-between ( Parc Monceau, Parc Montsouris
). Each charming in its own way and hosting a variety of summer events that pair well with picnic time ( in some you can spread out on the grass, others provide lounge chairs and/or benches like the Luxembourg, and the Palais-Royal.
If you are travelling with children , or you like to have fun, between June and August you can find the Fête des Tuileries
(in the Tuleries gardens), an outdoor free-entry family fair with rides and games, including the famous Ferris wheel and a French double-decker carousel and, of course, with traditional super yummy French snacks like crepes and barbe à papa.
In the Parc de la Villette,
there is a month-long Cinema en Plein Air festival (July 20–August 20) featuring the city's biggest movie screen perfect with some delicious food and a bottle of wine watching a movie whilst the sun sets - films starts around 8:30 pm with free admission (deck chair and blanket rentals are available for around €7). Classique au Vert
- (August 5–September 17) - is Paris's leading outdoor classical music festival, held in the beautiful Parc Floral, in the Bois de Vincenne
s. Each weekend has its own theme and for approximately €6 fee you gain all-day admission to the park and concerts. There are cafés on the premises or bring your own lunch and blanket.
You can also enjoy Paris's monuments and bridges from a boat on the Seine, a tour on Les Bateaux Mouches lasts approximately between two and six hours and offer everything from sightseeing with commentary to a glass of Champagne or a gourmet meal served on white linen. You can either book everything online as you do, or you can go to the Pont Neuf
The Bateaubus , an hop on and off water taxi, operates 7 days a week leaving every 20 minutes from nine stops around Paris (Le Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, Champs-Elysées, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Notre Dame, and the Jardin des Plantes.), €17 for one day.
Also every summer the banks of the Seine
and the La Villette Canal Basin
turn into a seaside resort, simpa non?
For the shoppers, how could I forget shopping, there are Paris's legendary flea markets with treasures for every budget plus - from June 28 until August 8 - every boutique and department store in Paris has the super anticipated sales . The dates of the large nationwide sales in France are regulated and determined by central administration. There are just two main periods to look out for – winter (soldes d’hiver) in January/February and summer (soldes d’été) in June/July with discounts anywhere from 20 to 60 percent off retail prices.
Of course then there are plenty of exhibitions too ....
A short Paris break in the summer means being able to enjoy the monuments and exhibitions, the city culture but also the outdoors, the river ,enjoying Parisian life and its summer traditions WITH the Parisians and the food, aaaah the food, glorious delicious food....
What is there not to like? Paris IS ALWAYS a good idea x