In August, the capital slows way down as Parisians claim their right to a long vacation.
August here is a phenomenon as French as they come. Employees in France are entitled to five weeks of paid vacation every year, more than in other European nations. Sometimes the French get even longer if they opt to work more than the standard 35 hours a week. This is why — and how — certain French restaurants, shops and small businesses can close for essentially one month of the fiscal year, a reality that never fails to mystify Americans.
But France is not the United States, and here, vacation is not a privilege. It is a right [ . . . ]
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On my last day in Paris, I was met by my partner Trish (The Travelphile) — who took all the photos in this post — and we had a delightful afternoon simply enjoying the city’s hottest new spot: the pedestrianized embankment of the Seine. [ . . . ]
Read More: A Warm and Fuzzy Day in Paris | Rick Steves’ Travel Blog
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Even without taking its overseas territories into account, France has a number of interesting islands that are well worth venturing out to.
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