Parisian Living

August in Paris: The City’s Still Buzzing

by Erica Berman
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Erica Berman

Erica Berman grew up in Lexington, Mass. After graduating from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism and an intensive summer at Middlebury College (Vermont), Erica went to Paris with hopes of submerging herself in French culture and perfecting her French -- and she stayed 20 years. Erica is the founder of the HiP Paris Blog and Haven In her former company. She now splits her time between Paris (Montmartre) and Maine (Midcoast). She recently started a non-profit growing organic produce for the food insecure in Maine called Veggies to Table. In her all-too-rare free time, Erica likes to travel off the beaten track, explore Paris and Maine, read, take photos, cook, kayak, hike and enjoy long Sunday brunches with her friends. View Erica Berman's Website

8 comments on “August in Paris: The City’s Still Buzzing

Roger is right! Anyway, great article Erica – very true! The city does have a wonderful sense of calm, particularly during my morning commute where the metro corridors are eerily empty. If only the people ON the metro would get the memo about taking it easy during August and would leave the pushing and rushing for the rentrée! Enjoy your break!

architects, rather. lol

Love this article.
As I’m decorating my first apartment in Paris it’s taught me valuable lessons. It pays to establish good relationships with salespeople, owners, architets, etc. Indeed, the couch thing was unbelievable at first but as I bought the bed from the same company I received a promo price on a gorgeous sofa and it will be delivered next week. Habitat has great delivery service as well. I’ve discovered new textile and furniture stores in the process and I really do think that someone upstairs is smiling on me because it’s been a pleasure finding treasures in this city to create a beautiful apt. to come home too when Paris gets a little tiring. I really like the way you tell the truth about Paris.

What a lovely article — and the photographs are terrific, too.

Be glad that the city’s buzzing and not burning!

I wish I could take August off! It sounds like a great custom that should definitely be imported state-side, if only personally…I did manage to get two days off work to create a four-day weekend for a little personal summer hiberation writing session, just me and the cats and the laptop.

It would all be better if this was taking place in Paris, though…

paris (im)perfect

Very funny. And very true. I kind of like knowing there’s a month when everyone is just sort of checked out and nothing will get done. Takes the pressure off!

I do have to say, I kind of turn it around in some ways, though. I love working during August because I feel like I’m getting away with something. While everyone is on vacation, I feel like I’m getting ahead!

As for administrative tasks, I hope I don’t ever have to test the theory again, but I actually had a *positive* August experience at the tax office. After months of a pesky problem that would not get resolved, it finally did in August. NO ONE was at the office except a few workers – and certainly no clients. Maybe the worker was feeling relaxed because there was no one else there, but I finally got the attention I needed!

I sure hope I haven’t jinxed myself. Never know – the problem could rear it’s head again!

Enjoy August, Erica. It truly is great.

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