Some news from France XCXI

So right off the week unusual for me but it’s August and summer is here and my vacation is just next week and onwards. So what is going on in my favorite city and France.

For one ,free parking in Paris during August is gone this year blame on Hidalgo…. and more transport problems with the closing of the metro station Saint Denis-Basilique until August 30th. Nothing new in the city of light.

Then, Paris is more than Paris plage or beach you know.  In the 13éme arrondissement or district of Paris and all over from my favorite paper Le Parisien.

It has become the spot most Parisians in July and August come to, the quai d’Austerlitz (13éme) until the quai François-Mauriac, restaurants, clubs, bars, terraces, boats and floating structures are invaded every evening by crowds eager for an aperitif, dinner or dance partying in by the Seine. At 32, quai d’Austerlitz in the immense walls of the Cité de la mode et du Design or city of fashion and design, http://www.citemodedesign.fr/  the hippest crowd on the very popular terrace Wanderlust ,http://wanderlustparis.com/ ,   on the classiest “rooftop” of the Nuba,http://www.nuba-paris.fr/  or in the club and concert hall Grand RivageA little further, at the foot of the Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand, fifteen terraces face boats-restaurants. The most joyful and ephemeral of them, La vie est Belle (10, quai François-Mauriac)  or more here, http://parislanuit.fr/lieux/la-vie-est-belle/ where you can enjoy music, cocktails and small dishes at table or chairs.
boat-restaurant «La Dame de Canton, which has installed a huge semi-covered terrace unrounded just after the bridge or pont de Simone de Beauvoir.http://www.damedecanton.com/

Continuing until the pont de Tolbiac, other terraces such El-Alamein, http://www.bateauelalamein.com/ and the Vagalame ,http://www.lavagalame.com/ ;  alternate lounge bars with DJs and sofas at the water‘s edge or more conventional restaurants with tables and servers. Finally, just before the bridge, the aptly named Batofar (11, quai François-Mauriac), bright red boat with its visible light lighthouse from far away, loving the revelers: both restaurant, bar and club, there is dancing to the end of the nighthttp://www.batofar.org/

It is 9.30 pm and,  the ‘King’s River’ dropped the moorings from the pontoon situated opposite the House of radio (Paris 16éme) to start a cruise that will extend for 30 hour. Every Thursday of the month of August, the floating guinguette vogue for evenings “The Afterwork share cruise” paid and open to all. The program is immutable: installation aboard 19h to 21h30, with bar open bubbles» free, cruise on the Seine from 21h30 to 23h, then back to dock where the feast lasts until 01h0 (1am). On board, you can enjoy, on 450 m2, a dancefloor with DJ and lighting way disco, topped by a giant, semi-covered, terrace where a bar and a barbecue with burgers, sandwiches, kebabs and salad…

The evening really makes sense in the dark, when the River’s King starts its cruise. http://www.riversking.fr/photos_rivers_king.php?photos=bateau  .The glass or the sandwich in hand,  hair in the wind, and folks  massed on the roof, admiring, at low speed, the Eiffel Tower, the Orsay Museum, the Louvre and the Quays of the Seine illuminate progressively, all in music: Magic! Under each bridge, partygoers grow shouting or screaming , enjoying a unique view of the most beautiful city in the world. At the end of the 90 minutes that seem too short, they no longer to be consoled on the lower floor, dancing, eyeful images…More below

The Afterwork part cruise”, every Thursday from 19h. boat ‘River’s King’, facing the 108, avenue du Président-Kennedy (16éme). Price: €20 or €15 with a past available on Internet (bubbles open bar included). Cocktails: €20, Burgers €10. Reservations +33 (0) 6.28.07.06.05.

And also… Other dancing locations on and near the water, including the charming Guinguette Rosa Bonheur (port of the Invalides, 7éme), http://www.rosabonheur.fr/ the huge boat ‘Concorde Atlantique(port de Solférino, 7éme),http://www.bateauconcordeatlantique.com/ La  Javelle (port of Javel down 15éme) ,http://lajavelle.com/  and the Eiffel Tower (port de Suffren 7éme) Guinguette.http://quefaire.paris.fr/fiche/87112_la_guinguette_au_pied_de_la_tour_eiffel

At the Canal de l’Ourcq , it feels like in Cuba; Atmosphere popular dance, Michel Sardou. At the end of the afternoon, not far from the Church of Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis), along the Ourcq canal, several folks gather and  become bobo , disregard the weather. The  Festival of the Ourcq is going on!!!  until August 23rd.  They dance to tunes of Cuban salsa DJ Harold is on hand  warm, sensual.  Having fun from all walks of life.http://www.tourisme93.com/ete-du-canal/programme-festivites.html .  This is Paris.
And of course, in my other love ,Versailles , you have  the fantastic wonderful awesome, Les Grandes Eaux Musicales until November 1st.  Les Jardins Musicaux until October 27th, Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes until September 19, and the
 Compagnie de Danse l’Eventail and the Musiciens de Saint-Julien presents the Sérénade Royales de la Galerie des Glaces until September 19 as well. More here from the city tourist office in English, http://www.versailles-tourisme.com/en/whats-on.html
Summer is awesome; and I can’t wait to start mine lol!! Cheers and happy travels.

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