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ghalls Nov 17, 2006 05:25 AM

This is less a question of food in Paris, and more a question just of Paris. My fiance and I are thinking of honeymooning in Paris, but we will be taking our honeymoon in the middle of August. I have read that Paris is pretty empty at this time of year and that most of the fun shops and great eateries are closed down in August.

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    Gratin Nov 21, 2006 12:26 AM

    It is true that most french people celebrate their summer vacation in August, but most of the tourist attractions remain open. People always rave over "April in Paris" which to me is a bad joke...lots of rain and cold weather. Enjoy August, and have great visit!

    1. purplescout Nov 22, 2006 04:33 AM

      Rather than suffer the heat and humidity of Paris in August, I suggest that you consider honeymooning in Provence or Brittany/Normandy. I realize that if you've never been to Paris, it's a pretty weird idea to visit France but avoid the capital. While it's true that you can still see the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, etc. in August, you won't be able to dine in the best restaurants because they will be closed and the general atmosphere will be different than the other 11 months of the year.

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        jbw Nov 22, 2006 01:41 PM

        On the other hand, Brittany and Provence (but especially the former) is where the French (and many other Europeans as well)go in August. It's a good suggestion but you'll want to avoid some of the more traditional seaside resorts, since they have a tendency to get ovrcrowded and overreserved. I guess it's a six-on-one-hand-half-dozen-on-the-other situation. Any chance of delaying your honeymoon until September? If not, Paris, on second thought, might be your best bet, since it is an international city and deals well (relatively) with the August exodus.

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