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Hot Summer Days in Paris

Yes, even in Paris which isn’t even that close to the beach. Temperatures will be around and rising above 30 degrees Celsius for the coming two weeks. Be prepared!

(Photos: Raissa, LA Cassidy, J Poggi, J Kubina, Gnuckx)

Most tourists come to Paris for its culture, its museums, The Eiffel Tower, all of the tiny shops or big stores. But with weather this hot, most of those activities won’t be as pleasant as they would be when it’s cooler outside. Therefore we have selected a few activities that do not rely on physical labour or crowded places.



From actively trying to burn calories to recreational bathing, Paris has it all. The Roger Le Gall swimming Pool offers a place where you can go for both a serious and recreational swim. It also gives its visitors a special treat: it opens its roof during summer, which makes it even more attractive for recreational swimmers and sunbathers.

Josephine Baker Swimming Pool-lisa ann cassidy

But of course there are other special pools in Paris too, such as the Josephine Baker Swimming Pool. It’s a floating swimming pool right on top of the Seine which, as you might already know, crosses right through Paris. This pool is perfect for everyone, and especially for families with smaller children because the pool isn’t too deep and has a smaller wading pool for children.

Visiting parks and gardens

Paris has a great number of gardens and parks that are open for the public eye, with a lot of activities and things to see. One of the most popular parks, for tourists as well as for locals, is Parc de la Villette. It offers lots of playgrounds, terraces and sometimes even festivals or concerts. But most important during the coming period of hot weather, obviously, is some shade. Because of the many trees and terraces, there are plenty of places where you can escape the burning sun.

Parc de la Villette - Jacqueline Poggi


Parc de la Villette

Also there is Parc Montsouris, a large park located at the South of Paris. It’s known for its lake where many birds and other animals live next to many different sorts of plants and flowers. Apart from the lake there are many beautiful statues, a playground for kids (and adults!), a restaurant and a weather- station.

Take a boat cruise across the Seine

When you’ve just had a hot and tough day hobbling through the streets of Paris, it could be really nice to cross the Seine at the end of noon or in the evening. Around these times the temperature will have dropped, and especially the little breeze you will have while crossing the Seine will renew your energy. Apart from the favourable temperature late at noon or in the evening, this also is a great way to see all the beautiful things Paris has to offer. The Boat will pass attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur, and many other. It’s also possible to do one of these tours during the day, but the boats are big and very often have a plastic roof which causes temperatures to rise even more inside the boat.

Seine - Gnuckx

It’s also possible to rent a smaller boat yourself, but when you do so you have to be licensed. Otherwise, the owners of the boat are not permitted to rent it to you.

Attend a cooking class

Paris offers many different cooking classes, from classic French cooking to Italian and even some Asian cuisine. Because of the fact that nearly all cooking classes are inside where it’s probably air-conditioned, you won’t be bothered by the heat outside.

cooking class


Unfortunately there is a price tag connected to a cooking class, which varies from about 30 euros to even 150 euros. But, after all, you will be learning how to cook typically French.
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