Summer is just around the corner and Paris is already in the summer spirit!
Check out our June/July ticklist to kick start your summer vacation off in the best way possible…
Flooding in Paris
Recently there has been a lot of news coverage concerning the flooding in Paris. Whilst it is true that the river reached its peak at 6.10 metres above average, Paris suffered a great deal less than other surrounding areas in France.
Several museums in Paris, including the Musée du Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, closed their doors to the public in order to protect the works on the building’s lower levels. However the floods have receded and it is back to business as normal for everyone.
Click here to see an impressive visual comparison of this months flood versus the 1910 ‘flood of the century’. (Suddenly it doesn’t seem so bad…)
Paris Jazz Festival / 11th June- 31st July / Parc Floral
Metro: Line 1 – Château de Vincennes /RER A – Vincennes
Take a trip over to the Parc Floral in Vincennes for a series of jazz concerts throughout the months of June & July. To enter the park there is a small admission fee, but afterwards the concerts are free of charge. The Parc Floral is full of fun and interesting activities for people of all ages and so a great day can be had by all.
Click here to view the Jazz concert programme so you can plan your visit appropriately.
Fête de la Musique / 21st June / Paris
Launched in 1982, the Fête de la Musique takes place on the longest day of the year and celebrates music in all its forms. Around Paris there will be free concerts throughout the city and anyone with an instrument is encouraged to take to the streets and perform.
Click here to see the programme of events, or simply take a stroll around the city to see what a wonderful ecletic mix of music Paris has to offer.
Summer Sales /22 June -2 Aug / Paris
Just before the Parisians head off on their annual August vacation period, the sales hit the shops so everyone has the chance to bag their perfect summer wardrobe.
Head to the famous ‘Galeries Lafayette’ or ‘Printemps’ to add some Paraisian chic to your wardrobe or indulge in something extra special at one of the many designer stores on ‘Rue Saint-Honoré’ or ‘les Champs-Elysées’.
Spend a day exploring the array of charming and original boutiques in ‘Le Marais’ to secure the perfect holiday souvenir for your friends and family, you will be left spoilt for choice.
Fête du Cinema / 26-29 June / Paris
Film fanatics are in for a real treat during the Fête du Cinema in Paris. During this week in June, ticket prices will be reduced to just 4 euros per film!
Click here to view the festival programme so as not to miss the latest film releases.
Open-Air Cinema / 13th July – 21st August / Parc de la Vilette
Metro: Line 5 – Porte de Pantin
Enjoy a warm summer’s evening at the open-air cinema this summer at Parc de la Vilette. All access and films are free and deckchairs can be rented at a cost of 7 euros each. Pack a picnic and gather some friends/family and join in the fun this summer!
Click here to view this summer’s programme. There is a wide variety of films with many being shown in English.
Bastille Day Parade & Fireworks / 14th July
This French national holiday marks the beginning of the French Revolution and celebrations are held all around France. Paris, in particular, pulls out all the stops for Bastille Day so be sure not to miss out on any of the fun.
Head to the Champs-Elysées to watch the impressive military parade and then when night falls, make your way over to the Eiffel Tower to witness a truely amazing fireworks display.
Tour de France / 24th July / Paris
The last leg of the world’s most famous cycling race, ‘Tour de France’ takes place through the streets of Paris for its big finish on the Champs Elysées. If you are in Paris on Sunday 24th July, grab yourself a spot on the finish line to cheer on the cyclists who have pedaled more than 2,000 miles over a period of three weeks.
Check-out the Elysées Modern apartment, located a stones throw away from a prime finish line location.
Paris Plage / 18th July – 21st Aug / Paris
The Paris Plages are back! Once again a section of the road running along the Seine will be transformed into a temporary beach where you are able to rent umbrellas and deck chairs. If the city heat becomes all too much, head down to the beach to soak upthe summer sunshine with a cool riverside breeze.