26 July 2019

Some like it hot

Beat the heat in The City of Love and hole up à deux for a sizzling night (or two - why not?) at one of the capital's many air-conditioned hotels. Indoor swimming pool, cocktail bar and spa services a plus.

Above: afternoon room service


The heat is on. Again. But you won't hear that refrain on everyone's lips these days, "Il fait chaud!", coming from me. In comparison to summers I've known in Arizona, New York, the South of France (chez French in-laws), Morocco and parts of (¡Hace calor!) Spain - and how about those five weeks in India? - Paris' brief canicules seem amusingly tame.

It helps that our apartment is an airy artist's loft in always-slightly-cooler Montmartre in an historic building that stays nicely cool in summer (and cozily warm in winter), and looks out onto a leafy interior courtyard of shady trees - meaning we hardly need to turn on a fan, much less AC.

Some tips: stock up on bottled water and drink lots, take showers, avoid coffee, tea, any physical exertion and public transportation (use Uber or taxis: G7s have AC and an app; English option +331 41 27 66 99). Keep out of direct sun and, if possible, copy cats i.e. nap during the hottest hours. Come evening, reward yourself with a cold drink. For quick relief, the city's many chocolate shops as well as larger movie theaters have great AC. Even quicker: dash into one of those supermarket chain stores - Champion, G20, Franprix... - so cold that cashiers are wearing sweaters. BPJ


Fans: ventilateurs
 Air conditioners: climatiseurs

Where to find them:
Darty, Castorama, Conforama, BHV, Bricorama, Mr. Bricolage, Leroy Merlin

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