Long before the banks of the Seine were lined with imported sand, oversized lounge chairs and ice cream stands in honor of Paris Plage, the city’s makeshift beach getaway, the river bank was the capital’s economic and social epicenter.
The “Paris on the Seine” exhibit at the Hôtel de Ville (city hall) is a photographic journey that retraces the evolution of the river banks from the Middle Ages to present day where the Seine-side holiday punctuates the urban day-to-day for one month each year. Although Paris Plage has ended for the season, this free exhibit runs through mid-September and is not to be missed.
Hôtel de Ville
29 rue de Rivoli
75004 Paris (Metro: Hôtel de Ville)
Through September 17th, 2011
Open daily (except Sunday) from 10am-7pm
Guest-blogger Lindsey Tramuta is a Paris transplant from Philadelphia. You can read her blog, Lost in Cheeseland, here.