Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May holidays & the biggest beach in Europe

The weather is finally getting better in Paris. Spring is almost over and leaving way to another summer in Europe! Finding time to enjoy the good weather is not so hard either. In France we can't complain about having too little public holidays and being able to take some time off.

The month of May is the winner, having the most long weekends. Many locals take vacations and enjoy the weather which at this stage at this point is not too hot like summer and not too cold like early spring. Many opt to fly to new destinations like I've done when I went to Asia a few years ago.

 Because of all those weekends, many people do what is known here as < FAIRE LE PONT > It means “to make the bridge” maening prolonging a weekend. For example if the public holiday is on a Thursday, then you “make the bridge”. That is what is happening this week for me.

I am off of work Thursday and Friday so Wednesday night we are headed to La Baule in Loire Atlantique (North West of France) to enjoy some time out of the city and take in some fresh air and relaxation.

Did you know that the biggest beach in Europe is located in La Baule? I just learned this.
Pretty cool!

Here is a list of May holidays:

May1st  :Fête du Travail / Labor Day aka Fête du Muguet  (lily of the valley)
The flowers are picked and people give them to their loved ones. They smell so like spring but only last a day or two before they dry up. 

May 8th  :La Fête de la Victoire /  Victory Day
Conmemoration of the end of World War II.The French President always makes a ceremony watched by many on TV. Very emotive.

May 14th :Ascension
Catholic Holiday.

May 25th :Lundi de Pentecôte /Pentecost Monday
Catholic holiday. This holiday was eliminated and once again reinstated after France had a big heatwave where many elders died.

I have been working hard on so many projects including selling and buying a car, finishing off at work before a big pause I'll take, moving to a newly constructed apartment and working on all it's planning and logistics, dealing with new family plans, etc. I am looking forward to this long weekend and <faire le pont>.

Happy end of May everyone!