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Bonne année ! France’s 2017 public holidays, time changes

Bonne année and Happy New Year! Best wishes to you all for 2017. I’ll be posting a lot more this year.

Expatica has a good page dedicated to France’s public holidays in 2017.

As you may know, the French tend to look forward to May every year, particularly if those holidays fall close to weekends so they can “faire le pont” (bridge the weekend); i.e., if the holiday is on a Thursday, take the Friday off and make it a 4-day weekend. It is indeed glorious.

You can see a brief review here below.

French national holidays

January 1: New Year’s Day (Jour de l’an)

April 14: Good Friday – applicable only to Alsace and Moselle/Lorraine.

April 17: Easter Monday (Lundi de Pâques)

May 1: Labour Day (Fête du premier mai)

May 8: WWII Victory Day (Fête du huitième mai or Jour de la Victoire 45)

May 25: Ascension Day (Jour de l’Ascension, 40 days after Easter)

June 5: Whit Monday – also known as Pentecost Monday (Lundi de Pentecôte).

July 14: Bastille Day (Fête nationale)

August 15: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Assomption)

November 1: All Saints Day (La Toussaint)

November 11: Armistice Day (Jour d’armistice)

December 25: Christmas Day (Noël)

December 26: Boxing Day/St Stephen’s Day (Deuxième jour de Noël): applicable only to Alsace and Moselle/Lorraine.

Important French holidays

March 26: Clocks go forward one hour as daylight saving time (DST) starts.

April 1: April Fool’s Day (Poisson d’Avril)

May 28: Mother’s day (last Sunday in May)

June 18: Father’s day (third Sunday in June)

October 29: Clocks go back one hour (DST ends).

French school holidays

School dates vary according to which ‘zone’ you’re in. The French Ministry of Education maintains a comprehensive list of school holidays in France.

Halloween in Paris

October 30th, 2014 No comments

Bonjour ! With Halloween tomorrow, I wanted to share some tips on where you may be able to buy or rent costumes in the Paris area.

Some costume shops (both physical and online) in Paris include:

Viva Fiesta

Sommier Gerard (site has links to other costume shops in Paris area)

Cotillon Moderne

Some more information can be found here: has an interesting background on Halloween in France.

-The Local has a feature called “Eight Halloween events not to miss in Paris”

Enjoy !

Bonne année, Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2013 No comments

As the year closes and France brings in the new year in the next few minutes, I wanted to wish you all a happy holiday season and extend my best wishes for 2014. As they say, “tous mes vœux !”.

I look forward to sharing new content and information with you in the next year. Thank you for your readership.

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AirBNB Paris hosting toys collection for kids Dec. 17-19

December 14th, 2012 No comments

AirBNB is hosting a toy drive from Dec. 17 to Dec. 19 in Paris to collect gifts for underprivileged children. Information below (time and address). Please bring out the holiday spirit and be generous. They are requesting toys to be new and in excellent state.

Happy Holidays! Joyeuses Fêtes !


Bonjour à tous,

En cette fin d’année, l’équipe Airbnb France souhaiterait aider les foyers plus défavorisés, en leur apportant un peu de magie.

Nous organisons une collecte de jouets dans nos locaux pour les reverser aux familles qui n’auront pas forcément de cadeaux à mettre au pied du sapin.

Nous invitons chaque membre de notre communauté qui voudrait nous aider à passer au “Salon de Noël Airbnb” (3 rue de Montyon, 5ème étage – Paris 9ème) du lundi 17 au mercredi 19 décembre, de 9h à 19h30 pour venir y déposer des jeux et jouets pour enfants* et boire un verre de l’amitié. Puzzles, jeux de construction, jeux de société, poupées, vêtements, livres… Si vos enfants ont grandi et n’ont pas eu le temps de les user, n’hésitez pas à nous les apporter !

Vous pourrez aussi laisser vos dons financiers à l’une des trois associations suivantes : les Restos du Coeur, Emmaüs – Fondation Abbé Pierre, ou Croix-Rouge française.

Si vous avez la moindre question, n’hésitez pas à contacter l’équipe Airbnb sur

Toute l’équipe Airbnb France vous souhaite un très joyeux Noël

et une excellente année 2013 !

Pour être sûr de pouvoir les distribuer, les associations demandent à ce que les jouets récoltés soient neufs ou en excellent état.


NB: this is not an ad for AirBNB but just a public service announcement to let you know about this toy drive during the holidays.

Thanksgiving in France: where to celebrate (15 cities)

November 22nd, 2011 1 comment

NB: full disclosure – I have no vested interest in any of the listed restaurants or bars, except I do write on occasion for My American Market and Bonjour Paris. Just spreading the word!

Just because you’re in France doesn’t mean you have to do without Thanksgiving. In fact, I know several of my French friends (in their 20’s) who will celebrate it because they love the holiday.

There are places all over the country to feast with family and/or friends, usually hosted by restaurants or organizations with expatriate roots.

The great website Bonjour Paris has a listing of some places to go. I’ve included Karen’s recommendations below and organized the listings according to city. Thanks to the American Clubs of France, too.

Of course if you have recommendations, please feel free to leave them in the comments section. Many of these require reservations, so call to see or RSVP email in advance. Others like The Great Canadian and WOS Bar do not require reservations, but it’s better to show up earlier.

For those in the Paris area interested in making recipes, you can check out:

The Real McCoy (49, avenue Bosquet 75007 Paris) and McCoy Café (194, rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris)
Thanksgiving Paris (20, rue Saint Paul 75004 Paris)

-You can also buy products online at MyAmericanMarket.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

American Church in Paris
Thurs. Nov. 24, 12:15pm
Sat. Nov. 26, 7:30pm
65 quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris

France-Etats Unis Paris IDF
Thurs. Nov. 24 (more info on website above)

American Club of Paris
Thanksgiving Gala Dinner : American chef Diane Anthonissen
Fri. Nov. 25, 7pm (members only)

Bistrot Le Saint-Martin
Thurs. Nov. 24, Fri. Nov. 25, Sat. Nov. 26
25 Rue Louis Blanc 75010 PARIS

Joe Allen’s
Thurs. Nov. 24 (call for time, reservation)
30 rue Pierre Lescot 75001 Paris

Le Ralph’s (Ralph Lauren’s Paris restaurant)
Thurs. Nov. 24, 6:30pm AND 9:30pm (filling up fast)
173 Boulevard St Germain 75006 Paris

Breakfast in America
Fully booked but you can sign up for waiting list

Kat’s American Diner
(usually has Thanksgiving, call them for information)

The Great Canadian
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7pm.
25 Quai Grands Augustins 75006 Paris, France

The WOS Bar
Thurs. Nov. 24 (call them for time, number on website above)
184 Rue Saint Jacques, 75005 Paris

First Avenue (Thanksgiving “after work”)
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7pm-midnight
119 Boulevard Pereire, 75017 Paris PARIS

Kay Bourgine quartet – Thanksgiving Dinner : Concert & Potluck
Thurs. Nov. 24, 9pm
Café Universel, 267 rue St. Jacques 75005 Paris

American Club of Lyon – Thanksgiving Dinner
Sat. Nov. 26, 6:30pm
L’Espace Brasserie, 26, Place Bellecour – 69002 Lyon

Marseille and Aix-en-Provence
France-Etats Unis Marseille
Fri. Nov. 25, 7:30pm
Yachting Club Pointe Rouge (info on website above)

Anglo-American Group of Provence
Sun. Nov. 27, 4pm
(contact for details)

France-Etats Unis Grenoble
Sun. Nov. 27, 1-5pm at L’ATRIUM
1 ter rue de Moulin, Le Fontanil
(info and RSVP info on their site under “Calendar”)

Pumpkins restaurant
33 rue d’Alembert 38000 Grenoble
(not sure but they usually organize a dinner)

France-Etats Unis Tours
Sat. Dec. 3, 7:30pm
St. Cyr

France-Etats Unis Nantes
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7:30pm
« Le Hublot » 3 Rue Albert Londres – 44000 Nantes

Americans in Toulouse
members only, but contact for information

Americans in Alsace
They hosted an event last year, contact them

American Club of Lille
They hosted an event last year, contact them

Association Bordeaux-USA – Traditional THANKSGIVING DINNER
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7pm
38 Allees d’Orleans, (Place des Quinconces) 33000 Bordeaux

The American Club Riviera
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7pm
7 Avenue Gustav V, 06000 Nice

Institut Franco-Américain
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7:45pm
7, quai Chateaubriand – BP 90446 – 35104 – Rennes

France-Etats Unis Caen
Thurs. Nov. 24, 8pm
Restaurant Inter Administratif – 6, boulevard Aristide Briand – Caen

France-Etats Unis Biarritz
Sat. Nov. 26, 8pm
Hôtel du Palais

French TV Thanksgiving special on M6

November 26th, 2010 No comments

If you remember not long ago, I posted an announcement to find an American or Franco-American family in the Paris area willing to be featured on French TV station M6 for the program 100% Mag. Well they found a family and just on Thursday the family was featured on the program.

You can watch it here (for Thursday Nov 25). The part with Thanksgiving starts at about 5:40 and lasts until about the 12:50 mark. Very interesting program! A summary of the episode can be found here.

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! Cheers.

Where to celebrate Thanksgiving in France & Monaco

November 17th, 2010 No comments

Thanksgiving this year falls on Thursday Nov. 25. This is one of the most important American traditional holidays and being abroad can make one miss home being with family and friends. (French explanation here by US Embassy Paris, Thanksgiving guide by Lyon à la carte.)

Luckily there are many communities of expats in France and Thanksgiving festivities all over the country from Biarritz to Paris, even in Monte Carlo (Monaco). Here is a list below, non-exhaustive of course, as there could be events of which I’m not aware (especially in other cities). If this is the case, please feel free to list events as “comments”.

Many of these require reservations in advance and spots are limited, so get on it! Not all fall on Thanksgiving, they range from Nov. 17 to Nov. 28. Also, price ranges vary, anywhere from 20 to 80 euros a person usually. Parents with children ages 3-5, you may be interested by American Library in Paris having a story hour on Nov. 24.

cheers, and Happy “jour de dinde” (Turkey Day) en avance!

Nov. 17: France-Etats Unis Paris (with talk on JFK)
Nov. 23: France Amériques
Nov. 24: American University Clubs of France
Nov. 25: Breakfast in America diner
Nov. 25: Katz’s American Diner,, their menu, their flyer
Nov. 25: AmCham France (American Chamber of Commerce)
Nov. 25, 26, 27: Le Saint-Martin
Harry’s Bar (not sure for 2010, contact them).
American Club of Paris (not sure, contact them)

Nov. 21: International Christian Community of Lyon (contact through site)
Nov. 27: American Club of Lyon. Info, PDF sign-up here.

MARSEILLE & Aix-en-Provence
Nov. 14 – ICCM English speaking church
Nov. 28 – Anglo-American Group of Provence

Nov. 21: American Club of Lille

Nov. 20: France-Etats Unis Toulouse
Americans in Toulouse may have information on events.

Association Bordeaux-USA (not sure for this year, contact them)

Nov. 28: Americans in Alsace (looks like members only, contact through site)

Nov. 25: France-Etats Unis Grenoble (under “calendar”)
Pumpkins restaurant (contact them)

Nov. 28: France-Etats Unis Nantes

Nov. 25: Stars ‘N’ Bars

Nov. 25: Expat Meet-Up Nice
American Club of the Riveria (I’ve heard they hold Thanksgiving, but call to confirm).

Nov. 25: France-Etats Unis Caen

Nov. 26: France-Etats Unis Biarritz (soirée gala, Thanksgiving dinner)

U.S. Embassy warns Parisian residents to lock up

Ahead of the summer holidays, Paris area residents are being forewarned to lock up their apartments and be wary of break-ins by organized gangs targeting those leaving on vacation. Message below from the U.S. Embassy Paris. No need to be paranoid, just careful and responsible. Safe travels to those leaving.


July 22, 2010

This Warden Message is being sent to inform U.S. citizens about recent residential break-in trends in France.

During school and national holidays when many residents travel on vacation, well organized burglary rings move into the city. These rings are professional and frequently conduct reconnaissance to develop their list of targets. The Embassy has been advised of individuals claiming to be from a variety of public services (chimney sweepers, painters, garbage men, etc.) using this guise in an attempt to gain access to residences.

The Embassy suggests these simple measures that will significantly decrease your chances of being victimized.

Even when you only leave your apartment for brief periods, always double lock your doors; doing so engages the three-point bolt locks on the door and makes it much more difficult for a thief to break into the apartment. When your door is only single locked, it can take less than 20 seconds to break in.

Leaving a window open and unlocked is an invitation for a thief, no matter what floor you live on. Please lock your windows or use your shutters when you are not in the room.

Vary the times that you arrive and depart your residence. Being predictable increases your chances of being targeted.

Small, inexpensive timing devises are advised, especially during periods of time when you will be away from your residence. You can use them on lights, radios, and televisions to create the image that you are at home.

Limit the number of keys you have; distribute them only to family members and fully trusted friends and be sure that the keys are fully accounted for.

If you have not been informed that a visit will occur, do not open the door. If the embassy or a utility company is sending someone, they will notify you either by phone or posted notice in your building. Thieves often use this scheme to “case” your apartment. The best defense is simply not to permit any unexpected visitor into the apartment.

Always be aware of your surroundings. What’s “normal” for your neighborhood? What’s not?

If you keep valuables in your apartment, hide them in unusual places. Burglars move very quickly and do not normally spend a great deal of time searching for valuables; they take what is immediately available and flee. The first places a thief will search will be in bedrooms under the mattress, on upper closet shelves, in drawers, and in common spaces such as hallways and living rooms where valuables are left in plain sight. We also recommend that you record the serial numbers of laptop computers, MP3 players and other valuable electronics, as these are highly prized by burglars. Having model and serial numbers could assist the police in returning your property if recovered. As always, you should have your valuables insured.
More travel safety advice is available at

The U.S. Embassy in Paris can be reached at 01-43-12-22-22 during regular hours and for after-hours emergencies. For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where current Country Specific Information, Travel Warning, and Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution can be found.

Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada; or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens living or traveling in France or Monaco are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department’s travel registration website and to obtain updated information on travel and security within France and Monaco. U.S. citizens without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By registering, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in cases of emergency.

United States Embassy
American Citizen Services Unit
4, avenue Gabriel
75382 Paris Cedex 08
Telephone in France: 01 43 12 22 22
Telephone from U.S.: (011 33) 1 43 12 22 22

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