Tous les Plages: Paris and Beyond

Every July since Betrand Delanoe became mayor in 2000, the road along the Seine becomes the Paris plage. It’s not quite the south of France, but for the month of August, cars are blocked, sand, deck chairs and umbrellas arrive.

Paris Plage. Every August, a roadway becomes a sandy beach for fun in the Paris sun.It’s free fun in the sun for Parisians who can’t get out of town.

Christian Science Monitor writes that the plage concept is now duplicated in Madrid, Tokyo, Berlin, Budapest, Mexico City, and Amsterdam.