Simply Summertime and Beach-Ready

In Paris, at the end of the sales, a noticeable change in the most occupied hours of metro services and an absence of neighborhood crowds  are both signs of summer.

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

If you are looking for crowds, they can be located on nearly all beaches in Europe, including the Paris beaches, in August. This year Paris offers three locations: the Voie Georges-Pompidou from 20 juillet to 4 septembre, the Louvre to Pont de Sully from 20 July to 4 September, and the Bassin de la Villette from 20 July to 21 August.  Since 2002, the Mairie has provided safe opportunities for residents who remain in Paris during the summer to experience beach pleasures. Paris Plage is a well-covered topic, so this photo essay simply reveals moments of focused attention on beach-goers in Nice, France and Calella Costa Brava, Spain.

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

Always something to do at the beach – stretching before a swim…

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

Taking out the disturbing bits of sand from between one’s toes, or perhaps disassembling one’s pacifier.

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

Simply speaking – poetry… love on the rocks.

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

Then for the ambitious, hopefully, catching many fish at one time!

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

In solitude, negative ions to aid clarity, reflecting or making decisions.

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

In company, being boys of summer.

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

And of course where there is beach, there is water. To be afloat in a boat is a soothing opportunity. It seems the middle boy is practicing his energetic strength or pushing the limits with his cohorts.

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

Example of a smaller boat for a true captain of his own vessel.

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

Simply Summertime, beachside, Nice France & Calella, Costa Brava, Spain

And as usual there is the larger watercraft for the experienced masters of the sail, or apparently the motor.

Happy August!
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