After long winters, the Northern Hemisphere is transformed with the arrival of warmer weather. Check out what to do and where to go to enjoy the season
The intense events lineup in Los Angeles takes place at the beaches in Venice and Santa Monica. Outside this circuit, you can explore the outdoor market Melrose Trading Post and have a French Dip at the restaurant Philippe, the official sandwich for the Californian summer, made with pastrami. Hit the road through the beautiful Pacific Coast towards Zuma Beach, one of the cleanest (and most peaceful) beaches in LA.
Langener Waldsee, some 9 miles [15 km] from downtown Frankfurt, welcomes up to 20,000 visitors each day at this time of year. Another good option is to go fishing at the Strandbad Spessartblick, like many families do – it’s also a great place to practice sports, like volleyball and badminton. To top off the day, take a mini-cruise on the Main, passing by Frankfurt’s tourist attractions.
Do as the locals and, instead of lunch, have a picnic in Parc de la Ciutadella, the oldest park in the city. Enjoy the day at Platja de Sant Sebastià and explore the chiringuitos, as the seaside restaurants are known.
On the first three Saturdays of August, some 7 miles [11 km] of streets are opened to the public, offering outdoor activities. If you feel trapped in museums, one good option is to visit the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum with exhibitions in the gardens and medieval architecture (and a view of the Hudson!).
A little over an hour from Milan, Lake Como is surrounded by mansions owned by celebrities and attractions like the romantic Villa del Balbianello, which dates from the 12th century. Lake Garda, a little farther away, is famous for the immense Castello Scaligero, built in the 13th century, and the Grotte di Catullo, ruins of Roman baths.
Paris doesn’t deny its cultural vocation when the warmer months come. Music is contemplated at the Jazz Festival, held in the Parc Floral. Movies also have their turn: Cinéma en Plein Air is held at the Parc de La Villette. Afterwards, like a true Parisian, head to one of the charming bars by the banks of Canal Saint Martin or to Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, a less popular park which is a hangout for young people, with its infallible combination of lake, bridge and overlook.