August 6, 2007

Sun, sand, Seine

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Today’s article on Interesting Thing of the Day is about Paris Plages, the city’s yearly project to create artificial beaches in the center of town, including a 3 km stretch along the Seine. Parisians and tourists alike seem to think this is the Greatest Thing Ever, or at least the next-greatest thing to the new Velib’ bicycles all over town which you can rent by the hour (first half hour free). I’ve never been much for sunbathing myself, at least not since that band trip to Florida back in 12th grade during which I spent a whole day baking on the beach—without sunscreen, natch—and ended up with second-degree burns on most of my chest and back. Good times. Anyway, that painful recollection aside, I don’t really get excited about any aspect of the beach scene—noise, crowds, heat, sand—except for the scenery, which isn’t particularly beach-like here. But, I must say I was tempted by the beach volleyball (I embrace contradiction) and the t’ai chi area. So there really is something for everyone.

3 Responses to “Sun, sand, Seine”

  1. I Am Joe’s Blog » Blog Archive » On the meaning of “It’s a nice day” said:

    […] like getting sunburned. I burn fairly easily, and as I remarked in my Truffles for Day post Sun, sand, Seine, I had a rather severe sunburn when I was in high school, which has made me extra cautious ever […]

  2. sun sand said:

    […] who abandonned ship. … coffee on the deck,her curled up in my lap, and watch the sun come up. …Sun, sand, Seine | Truffles for BreakfastToday's article on Interesting Thing of the Day is about [Paris […]

  3. On the meaning of “It’s a nice day” | Joe Kissell said:

    […] like getting sunburned. I burn fairly easily, and as I remarked in my Truffles for Breakfast post Sun, sand, Seine, I had a rather severe sunburn when I was in high school, which has made me extra cautious ever […]