Post # 1
Hi bees! My Fiance and I are strongly considering having our honeymoon in France. We just started talking about our honeymoon, so it isn’t decided yet, but it’s likely where we’ll be going. I’ve always wanted to visit France. I took French classes throughout middle school, high school, and part of college, and my high school teacher especially made me fall in love with the idea of traveling to France with the way she used to describe her visits there.
The problem is our wedding is August 17th 2019, and I’ve read in a bunch of places that you should avoid visiting in August because it’s super crowded, and it’s better to go in the shoulder season, like September or October. I love the idea of going on our honeymoon right after our wedding (or a couple days after, at least), and that’s what we had been planning on doing. But now I’m wondering if we should wait a month or so to have our honeymoon? I don’t really want to do that, but if it’s really that terrible in August, I will. What are your thoughts? Has anyone else experienced traveling to France and/or Paris in August?
The rough plan is to go for about a week and a half, some of the time in Paris and the rest of the time somewhere else. We want to be able to experience both the city, as well as more of a countryside feel. When we visited Ireland, one of our favorite parts was exploring a few castles/manor houses and gardens there, so I was thinking that the Loire Valley would be a good place for us. I definitely welcome suggestions on other places to visit as well.
Post # 2
The Loire valley is lovely. My parents used to own a house in the Cher valley which is near by. So beautiful.
france in August is a mixed bag. It’s busy as it’s school holidays for all of Europe, but out of Paris you won’t notice it too much.
On the flip side, it’s also the French holiday month so you might find smaller independent shops / restaurants are closed in August.
BUT the 15th august is considered by the French to be the end of the holiday season so things will quieten down after that (we went every summer for our holiday and would often go around then as it was cheaper)
Post # 3
I used to live in France so hopefully I can be of some help!
France is great anytime of year (I’m a bit biased as it’s my favorite country), but the summer can come with some caveats, especially in Paris. First, if you visit Paris during the month of August, you’re not going to find a lot of French people around – it’s going to be just tourists within the city as many French people take their vacation during this time. As a PP said, some smaller restaurants and shops will be closed for “les vacances,” so checking out Paris off the beaten path might not be as fulfilling.
Also, it can be surprisingly hot in Paris during August. It all depends on the overall summer weather progression, though. I’ve been in Paris in August when it was a comfortable 75 degrees during the day and lower temps at night where I needed a light jacket. Other years in August, it was insanely hot (upwards of 90 degrees), and I had to sleep with the windows open and buy a fan to circulate air. If you’re not staying in a hotel, it might be difficult to find a place with air conditioning, which isn’t the best if you’re used to snoozing in cooler air. However, most hotels have AC, so you won’t have to worry about hot temps at bedtime if you go that route.
I know you’re not a fan of slightly postponing your honeymoon, but I will say that October and November are a wonderful time to be in Paris. The height of the tourist season is over, and the temps cool down a bit so it’s not sweltering all the time. Fall and spring are my favorite seasons in Paris.
As for where else to visit, I’d recommend Lyon (I used to live there, too), but if you’re going for a more country vibe, then the Loire Valley is gorgeous. I’m also partial to the Bordeaux region – while it can get a bit touristy with wine visits, you don’t have to stay in the city and can check out several of the local villages (St Emilion is perfection).
Hope this helps!
Post # 4
I was just in Paris in early/mid October and it was great. The weather was pretty much perfect (high 60s and low 70s) and I was able to walk around in short sleeves or a light sweater most of the time. Also, I have never eaten outside so much in my life! The cafes were wonderful. It was still fairly crowded but I’m sure much better than in August. We tried to book tickets for the Eiffel Tower a couple of weeks in advance and even then we could only get to the 2nd level (not the top).
Post # 5
I’ve been to France at all different times. It really depends on where you’re going; the Côte d’Azur is wonderful in August, Paris not so much. My favorite time of the year to visit is around Christmas, Strasbourg is wonderful at that time of year (capitale de Noël) and so is Paris.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2018 - Location
You will love France! I have actually never been in August, always tried to avoid it. Paris is amazing any time of year, and there’s just too much to do you’ll never get to it all.
My favourite regions of the country are Le Périgord/Dordogne (where my family is from) for castles and history and Provence for wine and typical mediterranean vistas.
Personally I would wait until September when tourist season cools down, but I understand wanting to go on your honeymoon right after the wedding.
Post # 7
I spent last September in Paris for work and it was incredible, perfect weather.
I would fly to CDG, take a train to Nîmes, rent a car, drive here: http://www.lamaisondulysse.com/en/
Spend five days, train back to Paris, spend five days, fly home.
Post # 8
sarusarunna : If you want to meet French people, August is probably not the best time, since it is the month where most French people go away. Paris is certainly full of tourists…But it does not make France less beautiful. I love going there anytime. Also, in France, we do not have AC as commonly as in the US, so be prepared to that if you go in August, it can be a bit tough with the heat…