Hi everyone, this is my first enquiry on this forum, no doubt there will be many more as my first trip to France approaches (June 2011).
I am arriving in Paris on 2 June 2011, which happens to be a Public Holiday. I am planning to hit the ground running, I will only be in Paris for 4 nights, so I want to do as much as I can on that day.
So, what can I expect? Will cafes etc be open, what about supermarkets? Are the tourist bus tours (Red Buses) be running that day? Is the Eiffel Tower likely to be open for tourists? And what about accessing such sites as Notre Dame, the Louvre etc?
Later in the month I will hit public holidays again when in Provence: 12/6 is Pentecost, and 13/6 is also a Public holiday, being Whit Monday. I would like to visit Aix-en Provence and Marseilles on those days....do you think I will have access to some of the main sites, and will cafes/restaurants, shops be open?
Thanks for any guidance you can give!
I am interested in this too as we arrive in Paris the day before Bastille Day. I know the Metro around the Louvre is closed due to the parade. What about other parts of the metro and bus systems??
Thanks so much.😊
Shops...sundays and public holidays....most of them stay close.
Restaurants an cafe...will be open, even on 14th July for most of them....it's actually a big day for them.
Tourist sites...open...not even sure the Eiffel Tower close any day of the year.
So would not be too worry at the end of the day...except if you want to stock in supermarkets....better visit them before!
Thanks Pierre-Alexandre, it is as I had imagined, much like where I am from in Sydney, Australia! Most entertainment facilities and restauranteurs would expect more trade on public holidays, when people are not at work, it makes sense. Much appreciated.
Thanks so much Pierre-Alexandre. Do you know if the rest of the Metro and the trains are running on Bastile Day?
Metro and trains will run on Bastille Day....they may just have fewer of them....but if I remember well, you may actually have more of them at night, and some could be free too...
I'm going to Paris in the spring, so this information is helpful to me, too. Thanks!
In tourist areas, you will even find that many shops remain open on public holidays and sundays; and cafés, restaurants and monuments are almost all open on public holidays and sundays.
I recently found out the Arc de Triompe is closed on Bastille Day, probably due to the parade. The Louvre is open and it is free....probably will be packed with people I suspect.
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