Paris Turns Highway Into Tropical Paradise

For the third straight year, Paris' City Hall will pedestrianize a riverside motorway by creating a two-mile long beach complete with sand, palm trees, and swimming pool.
July 22, 2004, 11am PDT | Jeffrey Goodman
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A busy highway along the Seine in downtown Paris has been closed for another few months of "Paris Plage," an ambitious summer vacation spot with views of Notre Dame. After trucking in tons of sand, adding palm trees, chairs, and family activities, the two million dollar project opened to rave reviews and smiling faces from locals and tourists alike. With most of the construction costs paid through corporate sponsorship, Paris' Mayor Bertrand Delanoe praised the beach for bringing "pleasure and relaxation" to the hundreds of thousands of Parisians who get a slice of the Riviera in their own backyard.

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Published on Wednesday, July 21, 2004 in Yahoo! Newswire
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