Fermé = Closed = August in Paris
Yesterday marked the day that France went on holiday for a month. While not a national holiday, it is part of the way of life when you get 5-9 weeks of vacation a year. And when no one else in your country is working, it makes it hard for you to get any work done too – so you may as well join the club and enjoy a little vacation. From now through the end of the month Parisians start fleeing, it can be a bit eerie (and hard to find a sandwich or fresh baguette) at times, but it also is this wonderful ghost town feel that lets you see another side of the city. Just about every other storefront had one of these signs to announce their fermeture (closing). These were some of my favorites.
This store not only closed for the month, they also emptied the entire store. It also appears that they extended their vacation (and had no time to reprint the sign).
The sheer handmade nature of the signs bring me joy. Business is second to balance (aka vacation). And you better believe these people are not glued to their blackberries while on holiday.
There is no need to write the ‘Plat du Jour’ when you’re closed for a month for estivale (summer).
Even the dentist is getting in on making homemade signage. However, he could pick up a pointer or two from his fellow Frenchmen when it comes to the length of his holiday.
I learned the hard way this morning that it seems that in August most post offices don’t open until 10:30 (rather than their usual 8am). The picture above is from Picard, the frozen food specialty store, which is closed during lunch time at this particular location.
I hadn’t noticed this super long holiday until today when everyone else joined the “on holiday” club.
Even mainstream chain stores from grocery stores to phone stores [above] may be closed. At least sometimes they’re kind enough to tell you alternate locations.
This is the best designed sign I came across. They sure seemed jazzed for their holiday…and they promise to come back with lots of energy!
This last one has to be my personal favorite. I love that they will be closed August 1st to 19th, but they don’t re-open until the 22nd. Also, they spelled restaurant wrong (even in French) – they must really have needed a vacation!
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