1 Slowing down summer
At the beginning of August, Paris all but shuts down. As the harried locals leave en masse for their annual vacations and the more relaxed travellers pour in to fill the gap, a sense of serenity settles over the French capital. Automobiles disappear, taking their horns and roar and leaving yards of space open.
In the cafes that stay open, it suddenly becomes easy to find a peaceful table at which to enjoy a fresh baguette and observe the sudden change in tempo.
2 Party like a Parisian
The annual summer fair, the Fetes des Tuileries, attracts both travellers and the remaining locals to frolic next to the Musee du Louvre.
With some 60 rides and games and everything from toffee apples to churros, the festival is a lighthearted event for the whole family to enjoy. The fair is held from June 29th to August 25th.
3 The urban ambience disappears
As the heat of summer stretches over the city like a blanket, people take refuge in the sprinkle of a cool mister under the Eiffel tower.
When the day winds down, steer away from the iron monument and wander into the more tranquil parts of town, now stripped of their metropolitan clamour and transformed into a jovial playground for holiday makers.
4 Verdant escapes
Being outdoors is often the point of summer, so museums with courtyards or gardens are the perfect place to go.
Meander through the gardens of the Musee Rodin, which is situated in an elegant old mansion on the 7th arrondissement.
Visitors can browse the museum’s extensive collection of drawings and photographs as well as observe Rodin’s creations in the beautiful sculpture garden.
5 The end of a carefree season
Paris’s tangible change of pace is best enjoyed in one of its many parks, museums, flea markets, cafes – or simply by strolling along the Seine.
With nowhere to rush to, aimlessly wandering around the capital is not only tolerated, it is encouraged. Dip your feet into the Louvre’s reflecting pool on a sunny day or pack a picnic and find a cool, stone bench along the riverfront.
After all, Paris in August is the longest Sunday, but it won’t last forever.