If you happen to be heading over to Paris this month, be warned that you are going to see an amazing amount of signs similar to this one, telling patrons that yes, indeed, it is August, we are French and by God, we are going on vacation for the entire month!! That’s it. Shops and cafés will draw the curtains, their owners will flee the city in search of sun and fun, usually in the south of France where chances are, the sun will actually shine and the city will feel different–quieter. I moved to Paris in August and the culture shock of seeing so many places just close their doors for a month was odd but amazing. I knew I was going to like it here.
I, too, have caught the need to get away bug and my sign is being posted right here. My sign is one of a more permanent nature, however. This will be the last post for The Paris Traveler. It is with much sadness that I take my leave. I have so enjoyed sharing my passion for this magnificent city with you and hope that you have found some of what I wrote about helpful. Most important, I hope you always felt welcomed to my world. Writing this blog was for me like talking to my friends on a daily basis.
There truly is no other place like Paris–even you crumudgeons who have nothing good to say about France would walk away entranced by something. The curious thing–you wouldn’t be aware anything was happening to you until, oops, too late! It works its magic in mysterious ways.
Since we are going separate ways, I hope these last weeks of summer are oodles of fun for you. I also hope that if in your dreams, Paris is a destination for you, your dream comes true.
Come visit me here and don’t be strangers!!
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