How to spend the Summer in Paris

How To Spend The Summer In Paris

How to spend the Summer in Paris

If you’re looking for somewhere to spend the summer, then you can’t go wrong with Paris. With so much going on over the summer as well as generally soaking up the great atmosphere, it’s a fantastic place to work, rest and play.

Summer in Paris is well-known for its muggy storms and showers, so it’s always a good idea to bring a practical combination of both “traditional” summer clothing such as skirts, shorts, t-shirts, dresses and open-toed shoes as well as outfits suitable for wet, rainy and windy conditions. Pack a decent umbrella and don’t forget the closed-toe shoes and raincoat. Don’t let this put you off though; there are plenty of hot days too so you should consider taking a water bottle or insulated thermos with you to hydrate adequately especially on hot days.

With plenty of events going on such as the Bastille Day celebrations (the parade in the morning and the fireworks at night), the Paris Air Show, the Tour de France, great open-air events, the Paris Street Music Festival (Fete de la Musique), the outdoor cinema, Paris Gay Pride and of course the Rock en Seine, which is a 3-day rock festival on the western outskirts of the city; you’ll need to find time to fit in a trip to the ballet, the Champs Elysees, visit Paris’s beautiful parks and gardens or picnic along the banks of the Seine.

When it’s too hot, you can cool off, by taking a boat tour of the Seine or jumping into plunge pools at Paris Plage, which is the annual pop-up beach that takes place through much of July and August.

Food-wise you should spend your days (or some of them) enjoying high-end pastries, like Pierre Herme, Cafe Pouchkine and  Victor & Hugo.

Make sure you take advantage of the first Sundays of the month when museums are free and if you’re going to be there all summer make sure you go to smaller museums that you might otherwise not have gone to, such as the museum of immigration, the art deco museum, and the Branly.

When it comes to the sights, do some planning, don’t roll up to the Louvre on a Saturday in August and be surprised that you have to wait three hours in line. Purchase tickets to all the top Paris attractions well in advance. While you will still need to wait in line to get in at least, you won’t have to queue for your ticket. Make your life a whole lot easier and purchase the Paris Museum Pass.

Stay somewhere wonderful, take a look at these long term rentals: and then after a good night’s sleep, make the most of your time by waking up early to avoid the crowds. By getting up early, not only do you avoid that sardine-can feeling of being packed into a museum with 10,000 other people at mid-day, but you can also take better photos, avoid long queues at security, and even procure an ever illusive audio-guide as most major museums completely run out of audio guides by 10 am.

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