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Message posted by iwalani on 17/5/2019 at 3:54pm
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We'll be in France on Ascension Day, May 30th, and Whit Sunday and Monday, June 9/10. They're listed as National Holidays. Does this mean that shops etc will be closed?



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typically there will be some shops (including supermarkets) open in the morning until around 12.30.
This seems to be the rule of thumb in France now.
We have just got back and it was a BH on Weds 8th in France - we didn't struggle.


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Quote: Originally posted by Pee-Jay-Cee on 17/5/2019
typically there will be some shops (including supermarkets) open in the morning until around 12.30.
This seems to be the rule of thumb in France now.
We have just got back and it was a BH on Weds 8th in France - we didn't struggle.




All the supermarkets round our way were closed on May the 1st though - and have been every bank holiday since last July when we moved out here.

May the 8th was the exception - the big LeClerc in Sarlat was open all day (announced on their website as "Ouverture Exceptionelle"). Our local Carrefour Contact opened in the morning.

The OP would be best checking on-line as to whether supermarkets will be open or not.

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It's much the same with Sunday opening - we know of some supermarkets which do regularly open on Sundays until lunch time, and some which are always firmly closed. So check in the way Longcol has suggested.

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May 1st is workers day in France, expect the same as Christmas day, as for the rest expect the same as Sundays.

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Thanks to everyone. I'll make sure we're prepared, it's better to be safe than sorry!

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I can still remember when shops closed at 1pm on the Saturday and only opened again on the Monday morning. Always closed on Bank and Xmas holidays. Somehow we managed!

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Quote: Originally posted by iank01 on 18/5/2019
I can still remember when shops closed at 1pm on the Saturday and only opened again on the Monday morning. Always closed on Bank and Xmas holidays. Somehow we managed!



And most villages had a weekday when all the shops were ferme, not just half day closing like we used to have in England.

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Also remember Assumption Day on August 15. Almost everything is shut (we once had to drive around for about an hour from our campsite just to find a fuel station open). This one falls right in the middle of the holiday period, so lots of Brits get caught out by it.

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Assumption Day is also a major holiday in Italy, they call it Ferragosto and everything closes.

We were also caught out once in Trier in Germany by Corpus Christi, which is observed in the Catholic areas of Germany but not the Protestant. This year it's on June 20th.

We don't have nearly as many bank holidays in this country as in the rest of Europe! Not fair!

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Quote: Originally posted by iwalani on 18/5/2019
Assumption Day is also a major holiday in Italy, they call it Ferragosto and everything closes.

We were also caught out once in Trier in Germany by Corpus Christi, which is observed in the Catholic areas of Germany but not the Protestant. This year it's on June 20th.

We don't have nearly as many bank holidays in this country as in the rest of Europe! Not fair!
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Maybe not but when public holidays in Europe fall on a week end that's the day it is taken, no set days just dates.


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We spent a long time stuck in queues near Lake Garda one year as we did not realise it was Republic Day and, seemingly, everyone was going where we were headed it seemed.

In other years, when heading for Garda, we have learned from advice on forums to check the dates of the Bavarian holidays as anywhere in Northern Italy is likely to be very busy with German campers.

We did this a couple of years ago and headed down from Austria on the Saturday at the end of the holidays and to say it was busy is an understatement with nose to tail German registered vehicles heading North

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