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Does Paris shut down for Easter?

Asked by zephyr826 (5590 points ) January 15th, 2010

My husband and I are going to Paris for my spring break, to visit my sister (who is studying there this semester) and to spend some time in La Belle France. I am concerned, however, that France, and Paris specifically, might close up to a certain extant in the week following Easter (when we could go). I was there over Christmas when I was in college, and the city virtually shut down – it was worse than August. This won’t change our travel plans too much, but I wanted to be prepared. So for all the fluther francophiles, will the city of lights be dark for a few days, or will things be open and available?

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Harp's avatar

“Lundi de pâques” is a common jour férié, but the rest of the week should be business as usual.

Judi's avatar

Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter would be the week I would worry more about than the week after.

susanc's avatar

Maybe you could go to church. Fabulous music, pageantry, holiness, anthropology. Why do we travel, if not to enjoy the culture of a new place? And French people don’t stop going out to eat just because Jesus is risen. Ask around. Ou vas-tu avec ton famille le jour de paques pour bien manger? Ah oui? Chez toi? Eh alors, tu veux que nous vous accompagner? Mais madame…! c’est magnifique! Merci!!

colin's avatar

I live in Paris. On Christmas Day most everything was shut down but not quite everything. The 24th and the 26th were basically normal service. I would expect that Easter would be the same. I was here for Easter last year, but do not recall specifics.

zephyr826's avatar

Merci beaucoup a tous! I was a little worried about it, and you’ve all been very reassuring.

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