Friday, August 1, 2008
Rolling Up the Sidewalks
It's officially August and Paris is rolling up the sidewalks for the annual flight to the countryside. Actually, the closing down process started after Bastille Day and will be in full swing by the weekend. All the mom and pop businesses will be shuttered tight and it's best to call ahead if you have a specific destination in mind for dinner. The streets are already a bit quieter and the subway's not quite so crazy during rush hour. The tourists are here in force, however, and the lines at the Eiffel Tower and at the Louvre are fierce. But the heat wave broke last night and this morning the air is crisp and clear. Not a bad day for anything that Paris might dish up.