Culture Shock: Paris in the month of August
By: Jessie Lin
August has been well-known as THE vacation month for Parisians. If you were to call up someone, the response you’ll likely to receive is “je suis dans le sud”, I am in the South. Most shops, restaurants, cafes, brasseries, clinics, administrations, etc. close down anywhere from 2 weeks to the entire month. Because of this, August is either the best or worst time to be in Paris. Best time because one won’t have to deal with snotty Parisians nor being squashed on the metro during rush hour. But, it’s also a terrible time because one gets greeted by empty streets in the usual lively quartiers; the absences of the best dining and food specialty options; and in most places, only tourists roam the streets. If you want to visit Paris for a “Parisian feel” then avoid August like the plague!