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Sun and sand at 'Paris Plages'

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 01:18

Paris' annual urban beach along the banks of the river Seine opens to the public. Gavino Garay reports.

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In may not be the clear blue water of the Caribbean -- but these Parisians are enjoying a beach of their own along the Seine river. Paris plages, the city's annual kilometers long urban beach, gives locals and tourists a chance at visiting the beach -- in the city. (SOUNDBITE) (French) PARIS RESIDENT ISABELLE, SAYING: "It's a change, there is sand, there's the Seine, there's the setting -- Paris, it's pretty, it's a pretty neighborhood so it's nice to come here. The weather is good, not too hot for the moment so we're making the most of it. If it gets too hot this afternoon, we'll go to the shops." It also caught the eye of these Australian tourists. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN TOURIST JILL, SAYING: "Absolutely love it (Paris). We've been to Italy, Turkey, Greece and we love it. (REPORTER ASKING: And what do you think of this beach?) Oh wonderful, we passed it, we couldn't get back quick enough to sit down and think we're at the beach. Yes, it's wonderful." (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIAN TOURIST VIVIENNE, SAYING: "I've never seen anything like completely like this. In Australia they make man-made lagoons at some of the beaches where the beach isn't good but this is absolutely beautiful, yes. And we love Paris." Between the palm trees, it offers a zip-line for kids, and a unique opportunity to get away from it all while in the city -- minus a refreshing dip in the water.

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Sun and sand at 'Paris Plages'

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 01:18