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If you’ve always wished you could wakeboard right in the city, then we’ve got some good news. A restaurant on a boat, the Reef Club also offers watersports. So whether you want to ride the Seine off into the sunset, or you prefer to watch the sunset cocktail in hand from a turquoise Acapulco chair on deck, then this is the place. Docked on the Seine just on the outskirts of the city, it comes with a cheerful California beach bar style. Think white washed boards, pointy beach cabins, orange  buoys, and weathered signs that read things like ‘What happens at the beach, stays at the beach.’ And even if the decor is a little over the top to transport us to Venice Beach, the Reef Club does offer a welcome change of scene for staycationers. As we sunbathed our feet up on sofas piled with cushions, digesting our cod ceviche and tuna …

Image: The Plastic issue cover, National Geographic, 2018 Yadda, yadda, yadda, yes, I know, you’ve heard it all before. Once again though: Plastic. Does. Not. Decompose. That means every bit of plastic we use stays on Earth (or in the ocean). So if you use 20 bottles of water a month, that heap of bottles will stay with us forever, adding to the zillions of other people’s heaps of plastic bottles, which is how you end up with landfills the size of islands like Thilafushi in the Maldives or the Great Pacific garbage ‘patch’ that’s now three times the size of France. Do we really need to be using this much plastic (and lining the pockets of huge corporations – yes, I mean you, Coca-Cola, among others). How many plastic containers do you use just the once and throw away? Baffling isn’t it? It’s the unnecessary waste that gets me.…

Sometimes, I wake up on a Saturday morning, and it’s glorious, warm weather outside, but alas, I don’t have anything planned to make the most of it.  After the initial grumble about how disorganised I am, because the rest of Paris has planned ahead and got out to the countryside or seaside, my boyfriend and general partner in crime, reminds me that all hope is not lost, for there’s still plenty left to explore in Paris and its outskirts. And it turns out he was right. We swiftly got ready, and jumped on an RER train to Issy, south of the Boulogne woods (and a mere 20 minutes from the Eiffel Tower), where we started our adventure – I’ve popped a map of our itinerary below. Island-hopping on the Seine from Saint-Germain to Séguin Tour aux Figures, Jean Dubuffet Our first stop was Saint-Germain island. I had no idea how…

Paris once had a train line that circled around the city centre but when the metro was built in the 30s, the over-ground service was no longer needed and fell into disrepair. The disused railway track still exists today, marking out a 19-mile green belt of gardens, street art and old train stations that bit by bit are being turned into bars and restaurants. Still called by its original name, the Petite Ceinture (little belt) or ‘PC’ for short, first opened in 1862 with 29 stations. Only 17 have survived and up till now all but five are still disused and have been turned into upscale restaurants, concert venues and arty bars with the environment and community-values at heart. Watch this space for more news as another 12 stations wait to be repurposed. Le Hasard Ludique, the newcomer After several years an various delays, Le Hasard Ludique bar, canteen and concert space…