french holidays 5/4-5/10/2005?

Feb 14th, 2005, 04:51 PM
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french holidays 5/4-5/10/2005?

Looks like there is one holiday falling the week of: 5/4-5/10/2005? Can anyone confirm and if so what will be closed/open. Restaurants museums?????????
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Feb 14th, 2005, 04:59 PM
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There are actually 2: Ascension day on May 5th and May 8th WWII Victory Day.

You'll just miss May 1, Labor Day.
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Feb 14th, 2005, 05:00 PM
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Will we be out of luck for eating and siteseeing on those days?
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Feb 14th, 2005, 05:27 PM
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Brenda where will you be?

In Lyon last May 1st the entire public transportation system was shut down for the day. Not even a night schedule of busses running.

Paris will have a reduced schedule of public transportion running. More like their Sunday schedule as I recall. A few stops closed, the subways less frequent.

The smaller the town you are in the more will be closed.

I've been in small towns to Paris on the May holidays the last 5 years. I was always able to find a restaurants that were open.

If the weather is nice the French will be out in full force. Try to hit a park and watch the people.
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Feb 14th, 2005, 05:41 PM
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sorry...We will be in Paris. As long as we can eat, shop and HOPEFULLY visit a museum or two I will be happy!

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You may find a lot of places closed on Liberation Day, May 8, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying yourselves. For one, just mingling with Parisian families on the streets and in parks is fun. Also, I believe there's a parade that day.
Also, make sure you visit the Arc de Triomphe on that day or the next one to see the giant French flag flying inside the arc. It is a most impressive sight.
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Feb 14th, 2005, 06:36 PM
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And I will be in Paris for Whitmonday, May 19. As I understand it, it's still up in the air as to what will be closed that day. I wrote Galeries Lafayette and asked them; they replied that they weren't sure yet!

I was there for same day in 2002, and there were lots of places open, but not the dept. stores, etc.
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I will be in Paris on 5/8 - VE Day. I understand there is a huge parade by the Arc but one of the guide books I read said the celebration is 4 days long. Need to know if most atractions will be closed that day only or longer. Can't afford to lose 4 days. Anyone know? Thanks
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Feb 21st, 2005, 03:12 PM
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As it's the 60th anniversary of VE Day, a big celebration is planned all over Europe, just like last year's D-Day celebration. So expect even more disruption to travel plans and closed attractions, shops etc. It will be difficult to say what exactly will stay open and so on, so you need to keep your plans fluid and ask locally when you get there.
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