A mixture of suggestions, reminders and inspiration.
Tour de France
With the Tour de France rolling into Paris on Sunday, 26 July, this provides a great opportunity to catch one of the world’s biggest (and best) sporting events first hand. Not only will Sunday’s stage draw to a close 21 days of gruelling cycling action, but it also free.
Sunday afternoon will see the world’s best cyclists, or at least those that have survived the earlier 20 stages (no mean feat as this includes scaling the Alps and Pyrenees), hit the Champs Élysées for eight gruelling laps of this most famous of streets. Sunday’s race is sure to culminate in a desperate sprint, as elbows flail, legs pump and one-rider surges to the glory of victory. Our head tells us it will be German sprinter Andre Greipel, while our heart tells us Manx paceman Mark Cavendish will have too much race-swagger. Regardless of victor, the Tour de France is more about the event that the result, this is one of the best sporting events on the planet and you and your kids have the opportunity to watch it live if you are in the city.
Getting there early (pre-lunch) is probably a good idea. Bringing a picnic, maybe some wine too as you’re likely to be raising a glass to the current incumbent of the yellow jersey (that’s the overall leader of the entire event), Chris Froome. There are several places you can stop to view the action, they will be passing by the Eiffel Tower and Louvre before reaching the finishing line. Anyway a great day out is to be had by you and your family, Sunday July 26.
La danse de salon et Paris Plages par mairiedeparis
Outdoor dancing from Ballroom moves to Salsa steps, every weekend until August 23 on the banks of the Ourq Canal. It’s totally free, just bring your ‘spats’ or ‘heels’ and your good to go! Even if you have two left feet, everyone is welcome to come and have a groove under the sun. Times vary but it roughly runs from 3/4pm until 7/8pm. There is a huge Latin American session this Sunday (July 26) with a picnic too from midday, so check out the information of the Saint Denis website to get fully clued up. Also, you can learn to dance by Pont Neuf every day from 5pm – 8pm and kids can learn some new dance steps every Sunday on the beach at Pompidou Way from 3pm-5pm -all until August 16: or you can take the children to the Paris Plage in the 19th (Bassin de la Villette) for the same until August 23!
Theatre for Kids
L’été des Petit Futés is a mini summer festival of theatre for kids – offering two shows every day at 10:30am and 2:30pm. Giving children the chance to explore the world and other cultures through the power of story telling using mime, dance music and puppets. From 3 years old!
What other city in the world offers free beach sports outside City Hall? In front of Hotel De Ville until August 16, 4 Volleyball courts, sand under your toes, the balls, the nets, the whole nine yards and it’s totally free for everyone. What a brilliant idea! MLP loves this initiative.
New Open Air Cinema
Parc Villette has just opened for a series of open air movies, so now you have two al fresco cinema options to choose from. Cinema Claire du Lune which MLP has written about before, takes place across the city in different locations broadcasting classic movies. But, Cinema en Plein Air is situated in just one place – Parc Villette and offers a host of modern films mixed with modern classics like The Ghost Writer, Inside Llewyn Davis,, BeetleJuice and The Shining. Cinema Clair du Lune ends August 9 but the Parc Villette movies run until August 23, here is the PDF with all the listings.
MLP has covered this but just in case you missed it, the sand has been delivered and the beaches in the city of currently nestled by the River Seine in two key locations Bassin de la Villette and La Voie Georges Pompidou until August 20. However, if you fancy the beach and some funky bassline beats then you might want to check out Glazart la Plage, Mostly free, apart from exceptional night performances, this is a ‘pop up’ outdoor venue covered with sand and strewn with deck chairs and umbrellas, bringing you an outdoor partying experience. Open all night on Friday and Saturdays and offering a family chill out option on Sundays, this is a true taste of Parisian hedonism that might be worth investigating. For all the necessary information check out the Glazart La Plage website . Glazart La PLage – 7/15 Avenue Porte de la Villete, 75019, Paris Until October 3.
Eating Out tip!
Given that most restauranteurs will be going on holiday in the next few days, eating out will be a tad tricky in August so to make life a little easier for you, check out MLP’s favourite foodie site Paris by Mouth where they have kindly listed all the restaurants that will be open in August. Thanks PBY!
Hope this helps you with your planning over the coming weeks.
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Check out our last few posts for more ideas that are still relevant for your vacance, like, Paris in July, 16 ideas for the kids summer in Paris, Music events in Paris and you still have time to see the Gaultier exhibition which closes August 3. Also watch our latest Street of the Week video for more inspiration.
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