What's time like in France?

Old Feb 24th, 2007, 09:38 AM
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Yes , Coco, that's right too !! Specially if it's weekend, then it's different everywhere Andalucia and Madrid (and all its surrounding provinces) are generally "later eaters", I just meant to say that it's not a rule that applies to the whole Spain. Here where I live most bars and restaurants close at 10'30 or 11 on weekdays. I suppose in France is just the same, there's not a general rule for all the country.
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Old Feb 24th, 2007, 09:40 AM
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By the way, we also have that saying..."acostarse con las gallinas"
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Old Feb 24th, 2007, 11:07 AM
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Old Feb 24th, 2007, 11:28 AM
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It depends on the season and the locale.

In tourist areas things are usually open all the regular hours you would expect.

But - throughout France most restaurants (as opposed to cafes, brasseries etc) close between lunch and dinner (2:30 to 5:30 or 6pm). And off season many tourist sites - esp smaller ones close from 12 to 2 to give the staff time for lunch.

Also, in off-seson sights often close earlier in the day (ie 5pm versus 7pm or so in the summer).
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Old Feb 24th, 2007, 11:31 AM
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Regarding "closing from 12 to 2" -- a lot of shops that still close 2 hours for lunch in the provinces (and even provincial Monoprix stores used to do this!) are closed from 1 to 3.
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Old Feb 24th, 2007, 11:39 AM
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I live in the "province" and the local Monoprix does not close from 1 to 3 pm.
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Old Feb 24th, 2007, 12:03 PM
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Monoprix in Dijon opens from 9am to 8.45pm everyday except on Sundays.
Galeries Lafayette from 9.15am to 7.30pm weeks days 9.15am to 8pm on saturday. No siesta!
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Old Feb 24th, 2007, 02:19 PM
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I said "Monoprix used to" -- I know that it doesn't now.
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