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See other details concerning the Senat's efforts which include concerts and memorials in the Luxembourg gardens.

Les Piscines, Paris Plage – here is a short list of the open–top pools topless this summer in Paris. 'Open–top' means the pool, and does not guarantee people–free sunbathing space.

Paris Plage – has an open–top pool beside the Seine between the Pont Marie and the Pont de Sully, featuring 220 cubes of aqua under the blue sky. Little more than a metre deep it is mainlyposter: guide paris plage for kids, but adults are allowed too, in tiny time–slots – from 8:00 to 9:30, and from 19:00 to 20:00 from Monday to Saturday with longer morning sessions on weekends. Kids get all the rest. With showers and changing cabins. Outside the pool, wooden steps for lying and frying.

– Piscine Roger–Le–Gall, 34. Boulevard Carnet, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Vincennes.
– La Butte–aux–Cailles is historic and has triple–pools, at 5. Place Paul–Verlain, Paris 13. Métro: Place de l'Italie.
– the Keller,14, rue de l'Ingénieur Keller, Paris 15. Métro: Charles Michels or Javel.
– the Piscine Champerret has, like the pool at Auteuil, grass to lie on, to catch sunrays without getting wet. At 36. Boulevard de Reims, Paris 17. Métro: Porte de Champerret.
– The Piscine Hébert was built in 1896 and renovated in 1992, but remains a bit small. At 2. Rue des Fillettes, Paris 18. Métro: Marx–Dormoy.
– Piscine Georges–Hermant, 4. Rue David–d'Angers, Paris 19. Métro: Danube.
– the Piscine Georges–Vallerey was built in 1924 for the Olympics and is where Johnny Weissmuller won the 400 metres before becoming Tarzan. At 148. Avenue Gambetta, Paris 20. Métro: Porte des Lilas.
– the Piscine d'Auteuil, in the Bois de Boulogne – two pools and grassy sunbathing – on the Route des Lacs à Passy, Paris 16. Métro: Ranelagh.
– dim inside, sun outside at Boulogne–Billancourt at the Parc de Billancourt pool, 165. Rue du Vieux–Pont–de–Sèvres. Métro: Billancourt.

These are not all the pools there are, but the ones where you can get some soleil as well as your feet wet. Of the 27 municipal pools, 22 are open this summer. Ones with solariums stay open until 21:00, and all pools take a rest until 13:00 on Mondays. If you can hold your breath a couple of years, Paris is thinking of dropping two floating pools into the Seine.

L'Animal à Paris – is a sort of 'where have the horses gone?' show. Paris' animals are not nearly as present as they once were, but here they are. See this until Sunday, 5. September. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Carnavalet – Histoire de Paris, 23.poster: ete 2004 piscines, vdep Rue de Sévigné, Paris 3. Métro: Saint–Paul or Chemin Vert. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 58 58.

Arcimboldo et les Cinq Sens – kids will be able to distinguish their five senses after seeing some of this Italian painter's now–you–see–it, now–you–don't works. Also visit Il Etait une Fois Léonard. Both on show until the last day of the year. The park is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00, but on Saturdays from 14:00 to 18:00. At the Musée en Herbe, in the Jardin d'Acclimatation just inside the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Sablons. InfoTel.: 01 40 67 97 66.

Piranhas Enivrés – are not as bad as their reputation, so come and see some in the aquarium here. The exhibition continues until Tuesday, 31. August. Open from 10:00 to 17:30 except on Tuesday. At the Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293. Avenue Daumésnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 44 74 84 80.

Ca C'est du Cirque – is the name for the Cirque Diana Moreno Bormann, which performs all year long on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 15:00 with a second Saturday show at 20:30 twice a month. Other performances on all holidays. Most likely like real circus. Find it at Rue de la Haie – Coq, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de la Chapelle or bus 65. InfoTel.: 01 64 05 36 25.

Scènes d'Eté – free live music on five Sunday afternoons in August returns to the Kiosque à Musique in the park at La Villette. More and better than before,poster: bato cool, batofar especially when the weather is fine. Starts about 17:30 each Sunday. At the 'Kiosque' halfway into the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75. A cool freebie that rocks.

Barbie Tells All – which is merely 5000 years of the history of costumes, which is not bad for a 45 year –old doll. Until Tuesday, 26. October, and from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. At the Musée de la Poupée, in the Impasse Berthaud, just off 22. Rue Rambuteau, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 73 11.

Paris Plage, Edition 2004 – will be a replay of 2003's smash hit, to feature 3300 metres of right–bank beach front beside the Seine especially for pedestrians, sunbathers, bikers, strollers, rollers – non–stop until Friday, 20. August. There are more cooling fog machines. There are palms, sand, deckchairs, entertainment kiosks, with some 'boulodrômes' for pétanque fans, and 'clubs' for kids, including wall climbing, marble competitions and trampolines, as well as 'fair–priced' refreshment kiosks. In principle, to be open 24 hours daily, but most entertainments are supposed shut down at midnight. Drivers should note that their right–bank speedway will be closed for the duration of Paris Plage.

Ice Skating – Indoors – is open to the public at the POPB, or 'Bercy' for short. The actual name is the Sonja–Henie Patinoire. Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 15:00 to 18:00. On Saturday evening also open from 21:30 to 00:30, with a DJ for skaters who like music. Entry on north, garden side, at 8. Boulevard de Bercy, Paris 12. Métro: Bercy. InfoTel.: 01 40 02 60 60.

For Roller Folks – the free Friday night 'roller rando' around Paris goes on all year, starting at 22:00 on Fridays, from in front of the Gare Montparnasse. Each complete tour takes about three hours – and they are not for the wobbly or faint–hearted. Paris 15. Métro: Montparnasse. InfoTel.: 01 43 36 89 81.

More For Roller Folks – the free Sunday afternoon 'other roller rando' around Paris goes on all year too, but starts at 14:30 on Sundays from the Place de la Bastille. Complete tours take about three hours, but are not so taxing as the night tours. Paris 11. Métro: Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 44 54 07 44.

Paris Rando Vélo – is another Friday night bike rendez – vous that meets at the Hôtel de Ville at 21:30. This group also has a 10:30 session on the third Sundayposter: quartier d'ete, vdep of every month. Check the Web site for 'yet another roller rando,' always in sunny weather of course. Probably also not so taxing as the original night tours. At the Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville InfoTel.: 06 10 87 05 87.

Roue Libre – this RATP partner has bike rentals, costing not much per hour or day. Both complete accessories and insurance are available. The year – round HQ is open from 9:00 to 19:00 daily, at 1. Passage Mondétour in Les Halles. Métro: Les Halles or Etienne–Marcel. InfoTel.: 08 00 44 15 34.

'Paris Respire' – is the Sunday and holidays' program allowing slower folks unpowered by motors to stroll and roll around without worrying about the automobilistas on the Seine–side speedways and other areas around Paris, which are closed to motor traffic until 17:00 on Sundays. This is now a year–round occasion.

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