- Posted July 23, 2013 by
Paris 19th, France
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Paris Plages 2013, act II
Since its first edition in 2002, Paris Plages (Paris Beaches) (*) is a famous event that has evolved and also takes place now in the vicinity of the Villette Park and City of Sciences in the 19th district of Paris.
In a less prestigious place than the center of Paris where the main event takes place on the banks of the river Seine, the "Bassin de la Villette", for sure, has fewer artificial beaches but it is worth seeing since this area is particularly devoted to water sports.
Thus, besides traditional activities (petanque, table football, dancing, biking ...) the area opens the possibility of gliding over the water using canoe kayak, pedal boat or floating spheres for children.
And, if you are tempted, why not to enjoy a short cruise on the canal during the weekend for an amount of one euro or two?
And the great innovation of this year for thrill seekers: a zipline to fly over the canal!
* Every year since 2002, the operation Paris Plage offers Parisians and visitors the opportunity to enjoy leisure and sports activities usually performed at the seaside.
This plan, which was originally a social approach of the Socialist mayor of Paris for Parisians who can't afford a vacation, has been a huge success since its inception and its example was followed not only by other cities of France but also by foreign capitals such as Berlin, Brussels, Budapest...
Here, Paris Plage along the river Seine :