Sand, palm trees, bikinis — Parisians can now get their tropical fix without even leaving the French capital as the ‘Paris Beach’, with 1.3 tons of recycled sand poured on the quays of the Seine River, opened for action for the ninth year. The ‘beach’ will be available for revellers till August 20.
Parisian Isabelle Bonin says the four-kilometre stretch of artificial beach is ‘a different way to discover Paris.’
Soyeon-Kim, a South Korean who has lived in Paris for a year, had thought a beach squeezed into the city centre would be ‘weird.’ But now, she says, “I see it’s beautiful.”
The event was started in 2002 by Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe. It is aimed at giving those who can’t leave town a touch of summer fun.