France Bonus: Free Pools!

by Sarah

We're not in America anymore. The public pools in France are gorgeous!

When the humidity is stifling in NY I always whine about the lack of pools in the city. Sure a few ritzy hotels allow access in exchange for purchasing a $14 cocktail and Central Park Harlem has a pool but it’s packed to the walls with people and you never know what’s floating in that water…

France has the ticket. They have nice and clean FREE public pools. Anyone can just walk right in and go for a swim or lay out tanning for a few hours. There may be some mild socialism here but as long as they have those shining pool decks, warm showers, and built French men swimming laps in front of me, I’m cool with it. They even have separated pools for the children and adults and I got some good lap swimming in. After we toured the Carcassonne castle yesterday we were dripping with sweat so we stopped by the local piscine for a dip. This location spot on the Canal di Midi seems particularly beautiful so I’ll have to see if other options are of equal quality. But I certainly recommend this stp for all travelers.


About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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