Updates from Paris

It’s Springtime in Paree Paree and the shifting seasons once again herald exciting changes for the City of Lights and Love. Every summer, the Chateau opens up its elegant gardens to visitors, and wows them with light and musical installations. There’s also a new floating hotel in Paris called Off-Paris Seine. Read on for the deets—

Starting May 1: Beginning May 1, visitors to Paris can enjoy the elegant barge Off-Paris Seine will float beside the Charles de Gaulle Bridge. The former catamaran will feature 58 colorful rooms (4 suites), a bar, restaurant, panoramic lounge, solarium, and swimming pool. Find photos at this link: http://dornob.com/off-paris-seine-paris-new-floating-hotel/#ixzz473c8vfJm

From Now to October 30: Versailles and its French-style formal gardens has long been a staple for any Paris traveler. Take advantage of Spring blossoms by wandering through the beautiful Le Notre sculpted gardens, orange tree groves, and ornamental fountains. There are even life-size Playmobil figures to welcome the kids! Delight in musical displays, played every 15 minutes from 10am to 6:30pm—or to water fountain shows from 11am to 5pm (with a break for lunch), every day except Tuesdays.

June 18 to September 17: Witness colorful lighting and stage effects spring into life on Magical Saturday Nights. From 8:30-11pm, the gardens transform into exciting light, music and firework displays. The best effects are visible at the two Water Parterres, where the watery reflections give way to delightful plays of light. These elegant pools were finished in 1685 and flourished with magnificent statues representing the eight rivers of France.

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