The French are lucky enough to be blessed with a truckload of what we in Australia call ‘Public Holidays’. In some parts of the world they are known as Bank Holidays or National Days. But regardless of what they are named, what they equate to is a State sanctioned day off. And an opportunity for a little rest and relaxation.
From everything I’ve read and observed, the people of France are very skilled at making the most of these days off. They are very quick to pack up and head out of town, either with friends or to visit family.
It’s a brilliant way to escape the daily grind, if you ask me.
But don’t worry. I’m not about to suggest you decide on a whim (and a suggestion from a blog post) to take the day off and head off somewhere special. (Unless that is exactly what you can manage, and if so, all I can say is YAY to you!)
What I am going to suggest though is that you spend a little time this coming Friday thinking about your next available ‘Public Holiday’ and what you might do to make the most of it. A French inspired weekend away should definitely be up for consideration. Or perhaps you’d like to invest the time in your favourite hobby. Or spend your time wandering a your favourite museum or gallery. (Please note: spending the time cleaning the linen closet or tidying the shed should not end up on this list of potential ideas).
And of course a plan is no good, unless you take action and actually book something in…so perhaps you’d like to do that too.
By taking some time to prepare ahead of time, you’ll be guaranteed to capitalise on these precious days off. Just like the French.
All the best for a fabulous Friday.
And until next time – au revoir.
3 thoughts on “Frenchify Your Friday – Number 62”
One way the French make the most of holidays is by “faisant le pont”–adding a bridge day. So a holiday on Thursday means Thursday-Sunday. Using one day of vacation gets you a four-day weekend.
I love the bridge idea Taste of France
And if you are in Melbourne, a week-end away on the Mornington Peninsula and lunch at Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove will get you closer enough to a French “bridge” week-end in Burgundy aves la mer en plus!