Newsletter May 2017
April in France means yellow, as that's when the rapeseed comes into bloom. Below are some photos of rapeseed fields in Burgundy.
The Ascension of Jesus is a national holiday in France, one of six related to Christianity. Ascension always falls on a Thursday, 40 days after Easter Sunday. Because of this, it's not uncommon for many French people to Faire le Pont - make a long weekend out of the Ascension holiday.
American In Brittany
'Bienvenue Chez Moi!' Cheryl Ward welcomes you to her home and Bed and Breakfast. Located in the beautiful Cotes d'Armor region of Brittany, France, 30 minutes from the Roscoff ferry arriving from England, 25 minutes from Gare Morlaix, arriving from Paris, and directly along the GR34 national coastal walking and bicycle routes.
Lily of the Valley (Muguets)
It is a tradition in France that on May 1st, May Day, people will pick wild Lily of the Valley (Muguets in French). Also, it is very common to see roadside stands or people in front of supermarkets selling Lilies of the Valley, often to gather funds for an organization.
Traffic in France May 2017
There are three Bank holidays in May, Labor Day on the 1st, Victory in WWII on the 8th and Pentecost Monday on the 25th, the only holiday that lets the French 'Faire le pont'. Around these long weekends traffic is normally heavy. The long weekend starting on May 25th sees the heaviest traffic, with three national heavy traffic days.
Traffic in France April 2017
Here is the traffic estimation in France for April 2017. There is school vacation throughout the month making for moderate to heavy traffic on most Saturdays of the month. In total there are three days rated as Orange (moderate traffic) nationally and regionally.
Presidential Election 2017
The first round of the 2017 French Presidential Election is April 23rd. To be in the first round of balloting candidates must have the signatures of at least 500 elected representatives, there are about 47,000 in France. The top two vote finishers in the first round will go on to the second on May 7th. The candidate with the most votes in the second round is elected president for a term of five years.
French Daylight Saving Time
Rule is turn clocks forward the last Sunday in March and set clocks back last Sunday in October. France like the rest of Europe follows European Summer Time.
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