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Trip Report Swimming to Paris

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The canals of Paris are cleaner than anybody thought, so swimming in them is no longer considered a health hazard, even if it is not usually authorized. This weekend was an exception because a swimming race took place from the suburb of Pantin to the Bassin de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement. Starting on July 15th with the Paris Plages event (the best part being at the Bassin de la Villette and not along the Seine), there will be 3 swimming pools in the canal which anybody can use free of charge. In fact, they are already there, but I presume that they still need to make some tests, and also the lifeguards probably have contracts that just begin on the Paris Plages dates.

Anyway, I went on Saturday to see what was happening for the 3rd edition of "Open Swim Stars," which is an amateur event that takes place in a number of cities around France. Later this summer there will be events in Lyon, Strasbourg and Toulouse, among other places. In Paris this weekend, there were 1500 participants, and that makes for quite a crowd in the water.

Anyway, I made this report about it on Saturday:

I hope it will encourage some of you to check out the Parc de la Villette, which is one of the most popular parks in Paris, and it is certainly a change from the Luxembourg, the Tuileries or Parc Monceau.

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