As we entered the subway on our way back home after lunch the notices sign said "The buses in the Ile de France are as good as paralyzed." Downtown Paris with snow, this early, this much - amazing! Not quite the Arlo Guthrie moment, but close.
and the inevitably reinstalled van Buren things. F Finding myself with some time, I decided I'd move all Finding myself with some time, I remembered that I needed to move my winter clothes to their summer storage space and vice versa, since Meteo France declared this the first day of summer. But there was one problem, I'd torn off a button on a winter suit pant trouser and had to reattach it.
Haven't sewn a button on since my Army days and I wondered, how did our 90-year-old grandmothers thread a needle? - my goodness, it took me 20 tries. So that's it. How I spent my day.
When I was reading various things about all the holidays in France in May I recalled that 25+ years ago I wrote the following, then added another para in 2009 and again today:
Aide memoire a propos des fetes:
On the 14 Juillet, restaurants are open if they usually are on that day of the week, the Louvre and selected other museums are, street market to 13H00 - only big magasins, etc closed.
On Nov 11, lunch is a tough go for restaurants - do Brasseries or Bistrot du Dome, etc.
At XMas & New Year's it's pretty much the same as 14 July, XMas eve there's a nifty Xmas eve mass on TV (who wants to sweat with the masses at Notre Dame?)Lots of stuff is open Xmas Day but New Year's Day things are pretty dead
Remember that June has June 8th - WWII end, June 29th - Ascension Day etc.; one holiday almost every week.May Day limited food opportunities.
The week between Christmas and New Years one needs to telephone to reserve.
New Year’s Day, except for brasseries, almost nothing was open but Lao Lane Xang 2.
Today (Ascension Day 2010) I noted this:
All the restaurants I called were open, but Monoprix and Franprix closed early and every museum, place owned by non-French folk and many French places (my rich tailor, for instance) were open.
Over the weekend, I heard loud sounds coming from the street and looked out to see city-crews stringing up holiday lights. Yesterday, on my way out to lunch a kid shouted "Look at the Olloween stuff" and so I ignored the street for the sideshow of lanterns, masks, etc.
Today, there they were though. When I was young, an unwritten rule was no Christmas stuff til after Santa Claus came down CPW at the end of the Thanksgiving Macy Day Parade. But I've noticed a creep, from December to November, and now October. And the French insist we're the money-grubbing capitalists.