Thursday, August 23, 2012

Heat Wave in Paris, France

July was the hottest month ever recorded in the U.S. Apparently, the heat wave had moved across the pond. Many European cities from Prague to Paris were experiencing record breaking temperatures the last several days. Thank goodness we didn't wait until now to visit Paris! Imagine the throng of people, the long lines, the sweat and the heat in the city! We had gone to Paris in late April. It was spring, and the city was still mobbed, but at least the weather was comfortably cool, raining only a couple of days out of the two weeks we were there. We walked all over Paris. Thanks to our cousins who graciously showed us around, we visited many neighborhood parks and gardens.

One lovely afternoon found us strolling around Parc de la Villette with our relatives. Located north of Paris, this ultramodern neighborhood park is a great place to hang out, and is quite popular with the locals. In the summer (late July to late August), from Wednesday to Sunday, the Prairie du Triangle near the park's center turns into an open-air cinema or "cinéma en plein air."  Admission is free, and you can watch a movie under the stars. You're encouraged to bring your own chairs and a picnic basket. This week's program will be the last for this summer. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate, and the locals can enjoy the big screen for one last time. Here are some images we took of the wonderful Parc de la Villette.






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