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May 1 in Paris - what to expect?

Old Mar 11th, 2011, 03:47 AM
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May 1 in Paris - what to expect?

Good morning

I just realized that one of my four days in Paris coming up is on May 1.

I realize many things will be closed, but how all-encompassing is "many"? Most restaurants or few restaurants? Will the train schedule be reduced?

I suppose I could use that day to merely wander and take photos. I would expect at least the various churches to be open as well.

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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 04:14 AM
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Lots of major museums/attractions will be closed

still lots of action. good Paris City Guide local current events/specifics
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 04:21 AM
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I hope youll have a wonderful time. Do not forget to take pictures.
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 05:06 AM
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A few years ago I was in Paris on May 1, and understood many things would be closed so I planned accordingly. I did a walking tour, sat in on a church service (didn't understand what they were saying, but I enjoyed the relevance and the atmosphere of the church) and I hung out in the Luxembourg Gardens. Lots of people were selling lillies of the valley flowers and I was able to pop into a bistro and have dinner. It certainly didn't seem like the city shut down or anything.

Take a tour of a cemetary (Pere Lachaise is very cool) or just go wander. I half considered taking the train into London on that day but found I had enough to occupy my attention without leaving.
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Old Mar 11th, 2011, 05:45 AM
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Thanks everyone

I might visit Montmartre and its cemetery. I have visited Pere Lachaise a few times.

I think I will also seek out the stairs in Montmartre that Brassai made famous.
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