Every year, the end of July marks the beginning of the holiday season in Paris. Many shops and restaurants are being closed for at least two weeks, everything slows down and the majority of Parisians simply leaves the city, in search of other summer destinations. It might be hard to believe but there are even less cars on the streets! Only the city center is almost as lively as usual and it literally vibrates with the swarm of busy tourists.
This is definitely one of the moments when I enjoy Paris the most. Just have a look at people sipping their drinks on the banks of the Seine river, musicians playing on many street corners, couples dancing tango - I guess this is how joie de vivre looks like and I simply love it.
One should not forget to check on "Paris Plage" as well. The beach atmosphere and activities, organized by the city every year and with much success, are another wonderful occasion to eat and drink, enjoy the sun and admire some of the most spectacular sunsets.
And, as if all this was not enough, I was pretty lucky to get the chance to visit and enjoy the iconic Molitor swimming pool. For those who have never heard of this legendary place - this is where the bikini swimsuit was presented for the very first time ever. The Molitor pool got renovated quite recently and it totally regained the original elegance and the 40s style.
As much as I love Paris in late July and in August, I'm very happy to be in my hometown in Poland right now and hopefully I'll be able to share with you some impressions from here next week :)