Beyond the Eiffel Tower...

There's more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower. From seduction classes to roof-top barbeques and floating cinemas, 24 Hours Paris is your around-the-clock guide to what's on, when, beyond the tourist track.

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9 a.m. - Sand and Seine

Most Parisians flee the city for the coast in August, but with Paris Plage you can have your moment in the sun and stay in the big city, too. First opened in 2002, the beach was decried as frivolous fun, but Parisians soon embraced the concept with open arms – and swimsuits.

Stretching over three kilometres, complete with sun loungers, palm trees, cafes and a swimming pool, you’ll soon forget you’re in the heart of a major metropolis. And if you soon tire of relaxation, you can use your muscles with tai chi and wall-climbing. If it’s your mind you’re looking to stretch, head to Paris Plage’s other location at the Francois Mitterrand National Library, where you can grab a newspaper for free, take out a book, use the Intenet and even learn how to draw. Just keep your top on, ladies – topless bathing is not de rigeur.