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The Parisian Riviera: A Beach Sweeps Into Paris
Thursday, July 28th, 2011

For the past 10 years, every summer tons of sand are shipped into the heart of Paris.

The Seine River — dotted by the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, the Tuileries Gardens and the Eiffel Tower — is transformed into a beachside resort enjoyed by Parisians and tourists alike.

Blue beach chairs, palm trees, and giant sandcastles are just a few of the attractions.

For city-dwellers unable to flee Paris' sweltering summers, there is now a new escape along the banks of the Seine — this is "Paris-Plage." 

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Visitors to the Paris Plage relax on sun beds next to the Seine River on July 20, 2007 in Paris. The Paris Plage event allows Parisians and tourists to enjoy some of the delights of a sea-side beach in the middle of the French capital.

(Peter Macdiarmid - AFP/Getty Images)
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A woman sunbathes on an artificial beach on the banks of the Seine as part of the "Paris-plage" event on August 2, 2010 in Paris.

(Joel Saget - AFP/Getty Images)
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A barge carrying sand on the Seine River in front of people walking on the banks on July 26, 2011 in Paris, during the "Paris Plage" yearly event. For the tenth summer, Paris transforms the banks of the Seine into a full-fledged beach with palm trees, outdoor showers and hammocks. The event runs until August 21.

(Joel Saget - AFP/Getty Images)
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Children play under water showers on the opening day of the "Paris-plage" event on July 20, 2010 in Paris.

(Fred Dufour - AFP/Getty Images)
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A man is looking around on the opening day of "Paris-plage" event on July 20, 2010 in Paris.

(Fred Dufour - AFP/Getty Images)
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Striped sunbeds create a beach-like atmosphere by the Seine River on July 21, 2011, the opening day of the 2011 Paris Plage yearly event.

(Martin Bureau - AFP/Getty Images)
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Children enjoy water sprayed on the banks of the Bassin de La Villette as part of "Paris-plage" event on July 24, 2010 in Paris.

(Bertrand Langlois - AFP/Getty Images)
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An excavator puts down sand in Paris along the Seine River in preparation for the 10th edition of Paris Plage.

(Martin Bureau - AFP/Getty Images)
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People stand under water sprayers on the opening day of "Paris-plage" event on July 20, 2010 in Paris.

(Fred Dufour - AFP/Getty Images)
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People lie down on deckchairs on the opening day of "Paris-plage" event on July 20, 2010, in Paris.

(Fred Dufour - AFP/Getty Images)
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Children play in an inflatable boat on the opening day of "Paris-plage" event on July 20, 2010 in Paris.

(Fred Dufour - AFP/Getty Images)
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People look at a sand castle along the Seine River on July 26, 2011, during the "Paris Plage."

(Joel Saget - AFP/Getty Images)
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A detail of a sand sculpture featuring Minnie and Mickey Mouse, during the 2011 "Paris Plage" yearly event.

(Joel Saget - AFP/Getty Images)
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Municipal employees use a crane to set up an artificial beach with palm trees on the banks of the Seine River on July 19, 2010.

(Fred Dufour - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Parisian woman looks at municipal employees creating an artificial beach with palm trees on the banks of the Seine River on July 19, 2010.

(Fred Dufour - AFP/Getty Images)
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