Summer in Paris: on a boat or in the park
Published on 9 July 2016, dans Entertainment
Summer in Paris offers an almost overwhelming bounty of attractions. Faced with so much choice it can be difficult for the visitor to the city to decide just what to do. If you find yourself spoilt for choice, perhaps the Hotel Royal Cardinal can be of assistance with a couple of timely recommendations to help you make the most of your stay. We suggest you partake of the pleasures offered by the river barges on the Seine, and discover the gorgeous green oasis that is the Jardin du Luxembourg.
River barges: a true Parisian institution
A visit to the City of Light should involve the discovery of the historical monuments and cultural attractions that have earned the city the accolade of the most beautiful capital in the world. But to fully enjoy your stay, selecting the right hotel is essential. Happily, you will find that the Hotel Royal Cardinal meets all expectations both in terms of comfort and in providing a prestigious location close to the legendary Pantheon.
Our hotel is also not far from the Seine, where you will find les péniches bobbing at their moorings along the ancient waterway. Many of these river barges, once used to move goods along the river, have been converted into floating restaurants, bars and nightclubs that now embody the chic Parisian lifestyle, and are well worth a visit. The most popular boats can be found along the famous Quai François Mauriac, close to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. In summer this stretch of Seine-side becomes a virtual seaside resort harbouring an atmosphere that is simply electric, with live music, cocktails and plenty of fun under the sun. You don’t need to go to the beach, because in summer the beach comes to Paris!
The Jardin du Luxembourg, an exhibition, plus a cabaret to finish the day
But while those who love a party atmosphere have every reason to enjoy their stay in Paris, lovers of tranquil green spaces are also well catered for, especially as regards the magnificent Jardin du Luxembourg. This statue-strewn public park dating from the early 17th century is a joy throughout the year, but the colours it presents in summer are simply stunning. While you are in the vicinity, don’t miss The Call of the Cold, a superb exhibition at the gates of the Jardin du Luxembourg featuring photographs of the polar regions by Michel Rawicki.
Then, to finish the day with a flourish, why not treat yourself to the spectacle of a traditional Paris cabaret show in the Latin Quarter? The Paradis Latin, a theatre boasting a history stretching back well over a century, offers dinner and a show from €130 per person, and will provide you with a night of entertainment to remember. This famous Parisian cabaret, located close to the Hotel Royal Cardinal and Notre Dame Cathedral, was rebuilt in 1889 on the ashes of its early 19th century predecessor by the great engineer and architect Gustave Eiffel himself, and is now considered to be a part of the historical heritage of the capital. The show that is currently running, Paradis à la Folie, celebrates parties throughout history and is a heady cocktail of colour, spectacle, gorgeous costumes, stunning sets, acrobats, jugglers, and some very beautiful dancers who perform the legendary French Cancan with unabashed and athletic enthusiasm.
Hotel Royal Cardinal, a 2-star hotel in Paris, in the heart of the Latin Quarter