The French take their national holidays seriously - rightly so - but so should you if you're travelling there.
can find that, in a lot of areas of France, towns and villages
completely shut down on their 'jours fériés' - particularly in more
rural spots. But instead of being caught out with no snacks or, more
importantly, on that important day of stocking up on the wine for
homecoming, take note of this summer's big public holidays.
They are NOT to be avoided as the French know how to celebrate so it's a great country to be in when they are doing what they do so well, but just better to be warned...
Thursday 5th May - ASCENSION
Monday 16th May - PENTECOST / WHIT MONDAY
Thursday 14th July - BASTILLE DAY
Monday 15th August - ASSUMPTION