Two years ago, the mayor of Paris bestowed an unusual gift upon residents stuck in the city during the annual grandes vacances
, or summer break. An artificial beach was laid out next to the river Seine, complete with imported white sand, palm trees and sun loungers, becoming an instant hit with tourists and locals alike. The inspired notion of turning a busy strip of asphalt into a downtown beach has now found another convert—the Dutch city of Rotterdam. Located on the banks of the river Maas at Leuvehaven, Rotterdam's beach is set against a backdrop of high-rises and...
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