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Which would you rather have more of: weekdays or weekends?

Old Feb 15th, 2006, 07:12 AM
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Which would you rather have more of: weekdays or weekends?

I'm trying to decide on the dates for a trip to France in May. We plan to be there for 10 nights, so we could either arrive on a Friday and leave the second Monday (for example, May 12-22, giving me two weekends and 6 weekdays), or arrive Monday and leave on the second Thursday (May 8-18, giving us one weekend and 8 weekdays).

Given that stores and museums (at least in Paris; not sure about more rural areas) are often closed on Sundays and/or Mondays, which would you pick and why? If it matters, we plan to do more sightseeing (historical places, museums, gardens, etc.) than shopping.
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Old Feb 15th, 2006, 08:51 AM
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Old Feb 15th, 2006, 09:07 AM
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I would plan on more weekdays as most all stores and alot of restaurants are closed on Sunday. Not a good day to be in rural areas..............I always plan to be in Paris on Sunday as the museums are opened and the city is much more relaxed
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Also, check on the May bank holiday schedules - there are several in May in which stores and such close.
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I try to maximize the number of weekend days in my trips, because that means I have to take fewer vacation days.
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Sundays and Mondays are a pain in the a** in Paris. You never know what will be open or closed. Sundays can be a fun strolling day and the Marias has a lot of shops and stores open and is usually packed with people. As far as restaurants go, you never know. If I have my way i would arrive and/or depart on Sunday. The airports and traffic are easier to deal with and you can use the dael to recover from your flight.
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Old Feb 15th, 2006, 09:20 AM
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The number of vacation days are not a factor--in this case, it's a difference of 8 vs. 9 (because if I come back on Monday, I'd take Tuesday off also to recuperate), so not a big deal.

I was thinking of doing the "more weekdays" option and coming into Paris on Sunday or Monday, meaning it would basically be a travel day. I'm thinking now that might be the best approach...

There just so many darn decisions to make!
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