|Photo and article Getty Images – HERE|
I always get a little frustrated looking at blogs this time of year. Bloggers in the States writing about 'Back to school' and 'the end of summer' and 'Fall's just around the corner' make me want to shout, "But it's still summer!". I happen to enjoy summer and want it to last as long as possible. Just for the record, technically summer ends September 23.
Summer is still going strong this month in France (pretty much all of the EU for that matter). This last weekend was the start of the biggest vacation month of the year. French citizens have the right to 5 weeks of paid vacation per year (all EU countries have the legal right to at least 4) and they take a big chunk of that in July or August, mainly August. Many businesses close down in August to join their employees and customers in some quality time off. I don't recommend traveling by car this time of year (as the above photo shows), traffic jams south on the A7—Autoroute du soleil—abound. And beaches along the coasts have the tendency to look like this:
|Photo and article from Mail online – HERE|
It's a great time to visit Paris, though. The Parisians have left en masse and the city is noticeably less crowded. True, some restaurants and businesses in Paris will be closed this month, but there are more than enough others to choose from.
School starts in France the first of September, but another wave of vacationers hit about that time. Retirees and others for whom school opening is not a issue.