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La Piscine Josephine Baker Swimming Pool In Paris

The Piscine Josephine Baker is more of a swimming pool barge that is situated on the bank of the River Seine and was named after the actress and French resistance heroine, who became the first American-born woman to receive the highest French military honour called the Croix de Guerre.

The Piscine Josephine Baker was completed in 2006 ready for the Paris Plage and it is the city's first new pool since 1992.  It has been said that this is the closest you could get to the promise made by the Mayer of Paris back in the 1980's that they would make the River Seine suitable to swim in and although you still would not want to go swimming in the River Seine at least you can go swimming on it!

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This floating swimming pool is open all year round and has a roof that retracts so that it becomes open air in the summer months and the pool can cater for around 350 people at a time and children absolutely love the idea of going to a swimming pool on a barge, plus there is even a paddling pool for the really little ones.

La Piscine Josephine Baker is situated in the 13th arrondissement of Paris permanently moored at the Quai Francois Mauriac on left bank of the River Seine and replaces the Piscine Deligny that sank a few years ago.

The architect, Robert de Busni says that the swimming pool was a challenge to design as it is not just a conventional design, but had to incorporate naval architecture and engineering in which to make it a success.

Although it was built in sections, the whole structure had to be assembled together on site in such a way that it means it could be taken down and constructed somewhere else if required, and as well as the sliding roof the facade towards the river can also open, which means that when you are swimming, the idea is to give the impression that you are actually swimming in the River Seine.

The pool takes the water from the river and treats it before use, then it is recycled back into the Seine, with the water being more pure than when it was first taken out of the river.

Now some say that because the Piscine Josephine Baker pool is not as large as some at only 25 metres in length by 10 metres in width, it is only really beneficial for those that want to have a quick dip, but having a paddling pool as well as a caf?, gym and sundeck, this is a great place for families rather than the serious swimmer.  And after all, if you are a serious swimmer you should be considering places like the Stade Nautique Georges Vallerey that was designed for the Olympics, has competitions and has dedicated lanes for lap swimming, etc.

The admission price was €5 for two hours and €5 for each additional hour, but this could change, so it is advisable to check.

Also, this swimming pool on the River Seine is normally open every day of the week from 10am to 10pm on a Monday through to a Friday and from 10am to 8pm on a Saturday and Sunday, but it does shut at certain times and dates for different occasions and maintenance, so if you are planning on taking a trip to get the Piscine Josephine Baker, then do check first.

Just a quick point of reference, the nearest Metro stop is the Quai de la Gare and it is near to the four glass towers of the National library.

Address & Contact Details:

La Piscine Josephine Baker
Quai Francois Mauriac

Telephone: 1 56 61 96 50

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