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Beyond 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.

– Piscine Roger–Le–Gall, 34. Boulevard Carnet, Paris 12. Métro: Porte de Vincennes. Open all week until 20:00 or 21:00, but only until 19:00 on weekends.photo, fishing, paris plage
– La Butte–aux–Cailles is historic and has triple–pools, at 5. Place Paul–Verlain, Paris 13. Métro: Place de l'Italie. Open daily, but closes 17:30 to 18:30.
– the Keller,14, rue de l'Ingénieur Keller, Paris 15. Métro: Charles Michels or Javel. Open daily, to 22:30 or 20:00, but only until 19:00 on weekends.
– 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. Open daily until 22:00, but only until 19:00 on weekends.
– 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. Open odd hours during the week, but all day on weekends, until 17:30.
– Piscine Georges–Hermant, 4. Rue David–d'Angers, Paris 19. Métro: Danube. Open until 21:00 with a pause in the afternoons, and on weekends from 9:00 to 18:00.
– 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. To reopen this year.
– 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. Open daily until 17:30, but closes at 13:00 on race days.
– 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, most are open this summer. Ones with solariums stay open late, and some pools take a pause in the morning or afternoon. If you can hold your breath a couple of years, Paris is thinking of dropping two floating pools into the Seine.

Movie, Movie

Cinéma en Plein Air – is the 15th edition of summer cinemas under the stars, this year to feature the big successes of the past such as 'Scarface' by Brianposter, thtr,les amazones, bouffes parisiens de Palma and Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction.' Beginning Tuesday, 19. July and continuing until Sunday, 28. August. Shows at sundown but no shows on Mondays. At the Prairie du Triangle, Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Paris Cinéma – the now annual Paris Cinéma festival will be happening from Wednesday, 29. June until Tuesday, 12. July. See premieres, festival winners and retrospectives, at participating salles. InfoTel.: 01 55 25 55 25.

Rencontres Internationales de Cinéma – a festival of 'indie' films, often showing prize winners. Begins on Friday, 1. July and continues until Sunday, 10. July. At the Forum des Images, in the Forum des Halles, Porte Saint–Eustache, near the Place Carrée. Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet–Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 01 44 76 62 00.

La Collection Brasiliana – after 1808 foreign artists were welcome in Brazil and the result is here, with the aid of the Pinacothèque de Sao Paulo. This expo begins Tuesday, 28. June and continues until 27. November. From 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. At the Musée de la Vie Romantique – Hôtel Scheffer Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Saint–Georges, Blanche or Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 55 31 95 67.

Abstraction 1920 – 1950 – features pieces from the collection of the Musée d'Art Moderne, with a focus on the 'Abstraction Création' and the 'Salon des Réalités Nouvelles' movements. On view from Thursday, 7. July until Saturday, 13. August. Closed Sundays. At the Mairie of the 11th, Place Léon Blum, Paris 11. Métro: Voltaire. InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 00.

Kilo – is graduating students of the circus playing with weight, balancing, falling, leveraging, all to absurdities. Beginning on Wednesday, 6. July, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 20:30, and going on until Saturday, 13. August. At the Espace Chapiteaux, Parc et Grand Halle de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Les Arènes du Jazz – from Tuesday, 19 July until Sunday, 24. July, nightly at 21:00 jazz outside in the Arènes de Montmartre, at the top of the Rue Chappe, near the Funiculaire. Métro: Abbesses. Until Sunday, 19. September, but phone for times and titles: Info. Tel.: 01 44 94 98 00. This is part of the 'Festival Paris Quartier d'Eté.'

Festival Chopin – continues until Thursday, 14. July. There's more music of the chamber type with the Octuor de France at the park's Orangerie. Closed onphoto, dancing, paris plage Tuesdays, open from 11:30 to 18:00. Parc de Bagatelle, Route de Neuilly, in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16. Nearest métro: Pont de Neuilly, or bus 43.InfoTel.: 01 45 00 22 19.

Festival Européen Jeunes Talents – shows off their skills with classic and contemporary music, from Saturday, 16. July until Saturday, 30. July. Check the Mairie du 9th for program details. In the Salle Rossini at 6. Rue Drouot, Paris 9. Métro: Richelieu–Drouot. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 03 34.

Scènes d'Eté – is back with free live music on Sunday afternoons in summer at the Kiosque à Musique in the park at La Villette. Music from far away meant to make you dance. Starting at 17:30 on Sunday, 24. July and continuing until 28. August. At the 'Kiosque' in the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Feed Back – a mini–festival of a little emerging loud music out in the open air, from Saturday, 9. July to Monday, 11. July. At the Parc de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean–Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 40 03 75 75.

Solistes aux Serres d'Auteuil – features 'new' soloists at the renovated Serres d'Auteuil, which is a city nursery and palm plantation full of music in the summer. Check the Web site for details. Until Sunday, 11. September. Park hours are from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Pavillon des Azalées, Serres d'Auteuil, 1–bis, Avenue Gordon–Bennett, Paris 16. Métro: Porte–d'Auteuil. InfoTel.: 01 46 32 02 26

Objectif Paris – from five Parisian collections, images of the city, continuing until Sunday, 10. July. Except Mondays, open from 11:30 to 18:30. At the Pavillon des Arts, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautréamont, 101. Rue Rambuteau, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet–Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

Foire Saint Germain. – this annual event with antiques, handwork and entertainments continues until Sunday, 10. July. Centered around the Place Saint–Sulpice in the Quartier Latin. Paris 6. Métro: Saint–Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 43 29 61 04.

Paul Guigou – escaped practicing law to paint the colors of Provence in Paris and is considered by some to be the initiator of 'Impressionism.' Guigou's problem is that he died too soon, at 37, in 1871. Continuing until Sunday, 26. June. From 10:00 to 18:00, except on Mondays. At the Musée Marmottan–Monet, 2. Rue Louis–Boilly, Paris 16. Métro: La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 44 96 50 33.

From Seurat to Paul Klee – another one of the big–name face–offs, this one with paintings. And another together with Paul Signac in the Galerie des Arts Graphiques. Continues until Sunday, 10. July. From 10:00 to 18:00, until 21:45 on Thursdays and from 9:00 to 18:00 on Sunday. Closed on Mondays. At the Musée d'Orsay, 1. Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14.

Brésil Indien – for Paris' Year of Brazil,' this exhibition displays the remarkable arts of the original inhabitants. Continuing until Monday, 27. June. Openposter, jardin georges delaselle 10:00 to 20:00 and until 22:00 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. At the Square Jean Perrin entry, in the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs–Elysées–Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Matisse – a Second Life – a showcase of later works by this artist, includes his letters exchanged with André Rouveyre, from 1941 to 1954. Continues until Sunday, 17. July. Open daily, from 11:00 to 19:00, and until 22:30 on Monday and Friday. At the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint–Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 45 44 12 90.

The Assembly National, Drawn by Mougey – features cartoons of the national players, until Thursday, 30 June. From Tuesday to Friday, from 13:00 to 19:00. On Saturday, per request. At the Atelier An–Girard, 7. Rue Campagne Première, Paris 14. Métro: Vavin or Raspail. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 01 16.

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. Arcimboldo continues until the end of June. 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.

Catacombes – have 130 steps down, but only 83 steps on the way out, sounding like a bargain without an elevator. Open again, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:30 to 16:45. Catacombes de Paris, 1. Place Denfert Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert–Rochereau InfoTel.: 01 43 22 47 63.

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