I’m quite lucky to have found a solid group of friends in Paris. And on top of that, friends that like to travel! One Saturday evening in early July, Meg, Anne, Lauren, and I spontaneously decided to take Meg’s car and choose a spot on the map near Paris to explore. Anne had heard about a “beach” near Chantilly that dated from 1933 and was like taking a step back in time, so obviously there was no option but to visit! Off we headed to Boran-sur-Oise, north of Paris, to find the mysterious Plage de Lys Chantilly and though it was closed that day, seeing the retro decor was well worth the trip! It’s a bit difficult to describe, though it seems to be a renovated “beach club” type space with a slide, restaurant, and lots of space to hang out. It IS open this summer, so if you’re looking for a random and fun thing to do outside of Paris, check it out!
Since the Plage de Lys was closed, we just ended up picnicking along the river nearby. Not too shabby, huh? On our way back to Paris, we stopped for a little apéro drink in the nearby town of Auvers-sur-Oise, also known as a former home of Vincent Van Gogh (!) where he painted a few landscapes! It’s always worth it to get out of Paris for a day if you can – there really are so many wonders to discover!